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Michael Walzer, Menachem Lorberbaum, Noam J. Zohar (eds.); Yair Lorberbaum (co-editor)

Chosen as a finalist for the 2000 nationwide Jewish ebook Awards within the suggestion classification given through the Jewish publication Council

This e-book launches a landmark four-volume collaborative paintings exploring the political considered the Jewish humans from biblical occasions to the current. each one quantity encompasses a choice of texts—from the Bible and Talmud, midrashic literature, criminal responsa, treatises, and pamphlets—annotated for contemporary readers and observed by means of new commentaries written via eminent philosophers, attorneys, political theorists, and different students operating in several fields of Jewish experiences. those members subscribe to the arguments of the texts, agreeing or disagreeing, elaborating, refining, qualifying, and occasionally repudiating the political opinions of the unique authors. The sequence brings the little-known and unexplored Jewish culture of political pondering and writing into the sunshine, exhibiting the place and the way it resonates within the nation of Israel, the executive diaspora settlements, and, extra largely, sleek political adventure.

This first quantity, Authority, addresses the fundamental query of who should rule the neighborhood: What claims to rule were recommend from the time of the exodus from Egypt to the institution of the kingdom of Israel? How are such claims disputed and defended? What constitutes valid authority? The authors talk about the authority of God, then the claims of kings, monks, prophets, rabbis, lay leaders, gentile rulers (during the years of the exile), and the Israeli nation. the quantity concludes with a number of views at the factor of no matter if a contemporary kingdom could be either Jewish and democratic. approaching volumes will deal with the subjects of club, neighborhood, and political vision.

Among the individuals to this volume:

Amy Gutmann

Moshe Halbertal

David Hartman

Moshe Idel

Sanford Levinson

Susan Neiman

Hilary Putnam

Joseph Raz

Michael Sandel

Allan Silver

Yael Tamir


“[This booklet] either introduces a convention of political concept that has previously been principally missed, and . . . whilst contributes to this practice. It describes how Jews have thought of governance, communal association, and authority in the course of the a while, and indicates how Jews should take into consideration these items at the present time. . . . The Jewish Political culture is extraordinary for either what it does and the way it does it. it's a most excellent fulfillment. while Jews name themselves the folk of the booklet, this can be one of these publication they've got, or at the least should have, in mind.”—Noah J. Efron, Boston booklet Review

“An vital contribution to knowing the connection of Jewish conventional assets to political inspiration as utilized to the nation of Israel and the diaspora.”—Choice

“In this primary e-book of a four-volume sequence . . . the political arguments of 2 millennia are made obtainable to a brand new new release of normal readers. . . . a few of the medieval and glossy texts are translated into English for the 1st time. . . . This hugely entire and scholarly paintings is suggested for educational libraries.”—Library Journal

“The Jewish Political culture is among the so much formidable Jewish highbrow efforts of modern years. . . . This publication is sort of novel—and on a grand scale.”—David Novak, New Republic

“It isn't usually that one opens a e-book and is aware with no query that it'll be instantly integral in its box. This anthology on authority within the Jewish political culture and the 3 volumes to persist with (on club, group, and politics in heritage) not just will function crucial references yet will strengthen the contours of a box that's in infancy.”—Benjamin Edidin Scolnic, views on Political Science

“This is a pioneering paintings, and you can in simple terms wish the subsequent volumes will emulate the meticulous criteria of this fantastic volume.”—Stephen D. Benin, non secular reports Review

“The Jewish Political culture mounts an audacious, erudite, and critical problem to dominant interpretations of Jewish political history.”—Julie E. Cooper, Tikkun: A Bimonthly Jewish Critique of Politics, tradition, and Society

“Mr. Walzer and his collaborators have succeeded admirably, commencing a brand new bankruptcy in our knowing of Jewish event and supplying clean views at the abiding questions of politics everywhere.”—Mark Lilla, Wall highway Journal

“This paintings is the main accomplished try out that has ever been undertaken to offer a thematic compilation of the real texts of the Jewish political culture. it's a huge project.”—Jeffrey Macy, The Hebrew college of Jerusalem

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Was the purchase and sale of a slave (whether native or foreign) administered by the courts or privately? And what about conflicting rules of the Passover sacrifice, or the apparent brutality and injustice of the ancient law of talion (retribution, ‘‘an eye for an eye’’)? Clearly, much was left to (oral) judicial discretion and (unwritten) popular custom. 28 10:01 As the traditions of ancient Israel were collected into canonical units, and the units into an authoritative anthology, these sorts of issues demanded theoretical and practical resolution—through the direct explication of Scripture (Midrash), through more abstract formulations of rules (with and without scriptural support), and through customary action.

Xxxvii 7027 Walzer / THE JEWISH POLITICAL TRADITION / sheet 38 of 636 xxxviii Selection of the Texts Siphre D’be Rab [Numbers], d edition, ed. H. S. Horovitz ( Jerusalem: Wahrmann, ). The Tosefta, ed. S. Liebermann (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, –). Tosephta, ed. M. S. Zuckermandel (Trier, ). Many traditional works, from the Mishnah to rabbinic responsa and novellae, are available in numerous editions (including electronic versions), and we saw no reason to refer the reader to one edition and its pagination rather than to another.

In the process of collation and publication, a great mass of contemporary material was excluded from the Mishnah. Some of the extraneous teachings (called baraitot, sing. baraita) are collected in a corpus called the Tosefta, which also includes expansions or clarifications of mishnaic rules. The Midrash includes legal and homiletical genres (midrash halakhah and midrash aggadah, respectively). , respectively), the topics are linked to passages in the Torah—first, because these texts collect traditions around the sequence of biblical verses; and second, because different opinions and proofs are adduced in the course of the reported discussions.

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