The Promise of Liberty: A Passover Haggada

Editors: Stuart Halpern & Jacob Kupietzky

In The Promise of Liberty: A Passover Haggada you will find, alongside the traditional Haggada text, how American abolitionists and artists, pilgrims and presidents, rabbis and revolutionaries, jazz critics and generals found inspiration in the Exodus story. From Sojourner Truth to the struggle to free Soviet Jewry, Harriet Tubman to Harry Truman, Mark Twain to Martin Luther King Jr., the Jewish story of redemption has inspired Americans of all backgrounds, from the country's inception to today. This unique Haggada shows on each page how the prism of Passover has framed our understanding of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and how the Jewish people have been at the center of the march toward freedom from the time of Moses to today.

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Promise of Liberty

An Ode to Joy: Judaism and Happiness in the Thought of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Beyond

Editors: Erica Brown & Shira Weiss

Before his rather sudden passing in 2020, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was one of the most eloquent and influential religious leaders of the generation. As Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth for over two decades, he offered a universal message cultivated from the Jewish and Western cannons he knew so well. One concept that figured prominently in his work was joy. “I think of Judaism as an ode to joy,” he once wrote. “Like Beethoven, Jews have known suffering, isolation, hardship, and rejection, yet they never lacked the religious courage to rejoice.” In this volume, organized by the Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks-Herenstein Center for Values and Leadership, academics and writers explore the significance of joy within the Jewish tradition. These essays and reflections discuss traditional Jewish primary sources, including Biblical, Rabbinic and Hebrew literature, Jewish history and philosophy, education, the arts, and positive psychology, and of course, through the prism of Lord Sacks’ work. 

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Ode to Joy

Providence and Power: Ten Portraits in Jewish Statesmanship

Meir Soloveichik

Ever since Plato’s Republic, the study of statecraft has been a staple of Western discourse, and so has the study of particular leaders. Although Jewish scholars, thinkers, and popularizers have contributed notably to this genre, strikingly few have turned their attention to the history of Jewish leaders—that is, leaders specifically of the Jewish people—in particular.  And yet there has been no lack of such outstanding figures, from the biblical period of Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land and once again in present-day Israel or during the millennia of exile and formal Jewish statelessness in the Diaspora. This book, devoted to ten of the most colorful, fascinating, and consequential Jewish political leaders over the past three millennia, fills the gap.

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Providence and Power

 


Israel's Declaration of Independence: The History and Political Theory of the Nation's Founding Moment

Neil Rogachevsky and Dov Zigler

Israel's Declaration of Independence brings to life the debates and decisions at the founding of the state of Israel. Through a presentation of the drafts of Israel's Declaration of Independence in English for the first time, Neil Rogachevsky and Dov Zigler shed new light on the dilemmas of politics, diplomacy, and values faced by Israel's leaders as they charted the path to independence and composed what became modern Israel's most important political text. The stakes began with war, state-building, strategy, and great power politics, and ascended to matters of high principle: freedom, liberty, sovereignty, rights, and religion. Using fast-paced narration of the meetings of Israel's leadership in April and May 1948, this volume tells the astonishing story of the drafting of Israel's Declaration of Independence, enriching and reframing the understanding of Israel's founding and its ideas - and tracing its legacy.

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Declaration

A Pluralist Theory of Constitutional Justice: Assessing Liberal Democracy in Times of Rising Populism and Illiberalism

Michel Rosenfeld

In recent years, liberal constitutionalism has come under sharp attack. Globalization has caused huge disparities in wealth, identity-based alienation triggered by mass migration, and accompanying erosions of democracy. Liberal populists have also adapted the framework of liberal institutionalism, masking their aim to subvert its core values. These developments bring the links between justice and the constitution to the fore, particularly concerning distributive justice in its three dimensions of redistribution, recognition, and representation. A Pluralist Theory of Constitutional Justice provides a systematic account of the central role of distributive justice in the normative legitimation of liberal constitutions. The requirements of distributive justice are highly contested, and constitutions are susceptible to influencing those they govern. By drawing on Rawls' insight that distributive justice calls for "constitutional essentials", Rosenfeld advances the thesis that liberal constitutions must incorporate certain "justice essentials".

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Constitutional Justice

Psyched for Torah: Cultivating Character and Well-being Through the Weekly Parsha

Mordechai Schiffman

Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Schiffman's writings on the weekly parsha exude complete fluency in both traditional Jewish sources like Talmud, Rishonim, and Acharonim, as well twentieth- and twenty-first-century psychological research. Most importantly, his writing presents a stunning and seamless integration between modern and traditional sources, excavating meaningful, transformative, and unexpected insights from the weekly parsha.

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Psych

The Songs of the Sage

Joseph L. Angel

Since its discovery at Qumran in the 1950’s, those wishing to study the Songs of the Sage (4Q510, 4Q511) had to approach a scattered grouping of fragments that gave little indication of the overall sequence, structure, and scope of the original composition. In the present volume, Joseph Angel remedies this situation by providing a new edition according to the sequence of the fragments determined by the material reconstruction of the more extensive manuscript, 4Q511. In addition to numerous enhanced readings and fresh English translations, the volume includes a general introduction, apparatus of variant readings, contextualizing commentary, catalog of photographic evidence, and key-word-in-context concordance. This work represents an unparalleled and comprehensive resource for anyone interested in the Songs of the Sage.

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Songs

Timely Words: Holiday Insights Throughout the Year

Moshe Sokolow

Timely Words offers insights into many of the religious and secular occasions throughout the year that mark the modern American Jewish calendar, starting with the fall (incorporating Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur) and moving, consecutively, through the winter (Thanksgiving, Chanukah, and Tu BiShevat), spring (Purim, Pesach, Yom HaAtzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim), and summer (Shavuot and Tish`a BeAv). The insights are drawn from a wide variety of classical, medieval, and modern sources and address subjects that are both traditional and unconventional. For example, the opening fall section includes an extensive study of Jewish angelology (“Angels Dancing on a Silicon Chip”) to address whether God now uses a computer to record our merits and debits, and the concluding summer section explores the question of the rebuilding of the Temple and reinstitution of sacrifices according to significant modern Jewish personalities.

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Timely

Jozef Pilsudski: Founding Father of Modern Poland

Joshua D. Zimmerman

The story of the enigmatic Jozef Pilsudski, the founding father of modern Poland: a brilliant military leader and high-minded statesman who betrayed his own democratic vision by seizing power in a military coup. Joshua Zimmerman’s authoritative biography examines a national hero in the thick of a changing Europe, and the legacy that still divides supporters and detractors. The Poland that Pilsudski envisioned was modern, democratic, and pluralistic. Domestically, he championed equality for Jews. Internationally, he positioned Poland as a bulwark against Bolshevism. But in 1926 he seized power violently, then ruled as a strongman for nearly a decade, imprisoning opponents and eroding legislative power. In Zimmerman’s telling, Pilsudski’s faith in the young democracy was shattered after its first elected president was assassinated. Unnerved by Poles brutally turning on one another, the father of the nation came to doubt his fellow citizens’ democratic commitments and thereby betrayed his own. It is a legacy that dogs today’s Poland, caught on the tortured edge between self-government and authoritarianism.

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Poland

Irish Culture and “The People”: Populism and its Discontents

Seamus O'Malley

This book argues that populism has been a shaping force in Irish literary culture. Populist moments and movements have compelled authors to reject established forms and invent new ones. Sometimes, as in the middle period of W.B. Yeats's work, populism forces a writer into impossible stances, spurring ever greater rhetorical and poetic creativity. At other times, authors penetrate the rhetoric fog of populist discourse and expose the hollowness of its claims. Yet in both politics and culture, populism can be a generative force. This study synthesizes existing scholarship on populism to explore how Irish texts have evoked "The People"--a crucial rhetorical move for populist discourse--and how some writers have critiqued, adopted, and adapted the languages of Irish populisms.

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Irish

Comparative Constitutionalism: Cases and Materials, 4th Edition

Michel Rosenfeld et al.

This law school casebook examines how the vast increase in international movements of people, capital, goods, ideas and information affects politics in and beyond nation-states, the rule of law and separation of powers, and fundamental rights. It contains case excerpts from at least 40 countries in all continents, examining the assumptions, choices and trade-offs, strategies and effects of decisions from constitutional courts and human rights tribunals in different legal systems and political contexts. It discusses different theories of constitutionalism and how constitutional democracies address similar issues, in different institutional settings. The fourth edition contains two new chapters addressing respectively illiberal and populist constitutionalism and developing national and transnational constitutional treatments of climate change. In addition, this edition newly covers transgender equality rights, recent constitutional treatments of secession movements, and use of emergency powers to confront the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Constitutionalism

Data Structures & Algorithms in Python

John Canning, Alan Broder, and Robert Lafore

This practical introduction to data structures and algorithms can help every programmer who wants to write more efficient software. Building on Robert Lafore's legendary Java-based guide, this book helps you understand exactly how data structures and algorithms operate. You'll learn how to efficiently apply them with the enormously popular Python language and scale your code to handle today's big data challenges. Throughout, the authors focus on real-world examples, communicate key ideas with intuitive, interactive visualizations, and limit complexity and math to what you need to improve performance. Step-by-step, they introduce arrays, sorting, stacks, queues, linked lists, recursion, binary trees, 2-3-4 trees, hash tables, spatial data structures, graphs, and more. Their code examples and illustrations are so clear, you can understand them even if you're a near-beginner, or your experience is with other procedural or object-oriented languages.

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Python

Deliberate Practice in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Jordan Bate, Tracy A. Prout, Tony Rousmaniere, and Alexandre Vaz

Each book in the Essentials of Deliberate Practice series contains customized exercises consisting of role-playing scenarios in which two trainees act as a client and a therapist, switching back and forth under the guidance of a supervisor. The trainee playing the therapist improvises appropriate and authentic responses to a series of client statements organized into three difficulty levels—beginner, intermediate, and advanced—that reflect common problems and concerns encountered by practitioners who work with children and adolescents. The first 12 exercises each focus on a single skill, such as observing and elaborating on play, exploring identity through a multicultural orientation, and addressing difficult issues like safety concerns and sex. These are followed by two comprehensive exercises—an annotated transcript and free-form mock therapy sessions—in which trainees integrate these essential skills into a single session. Step-by-step instructions guide participants through the exercises, identify criteria for mastering each skill, and explain how to monitor and adjust difficulty. Guidelines and forms to help trainers and trainees get the most out of training are also provided.

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Deliberate

Epigraphy, Iconography, and the Bible

Meir Lubetski and Edith Lubetski (editors)

The study of the Bible has long been illuminated by 'light from the East' (in the famous phrase of Adolf Deissmann in 1908). Almost daily, new artifacts and inscriptions are announced that will have an impact on how the Bible is read and understood. The present volume garners papers from a wide and distinguished panel of specialists in the Ancient Near East that revisit former assumptions and present new insights on the relevance of its material culture to the Bible. Epigraphy, Iconography, and the Bible is something of a cornucopia of new and revised data about the Hebrew Bible in its ancient context, intelligible to scholars, students and a more general public alike.

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Epigraphy

Prisoners of Memory: A Jewish Family from Nazi Germany

Joan Haahr

Growing up in a family of Holocaust survivors, Joan Haahr was aware from an early age of the devastation wrought by the Nazis and their sympathizers on Europe's Jewish population during the Holocaust. She also witnessed firsthand the dysfunctions that plagued many of those who had made it out alive. In Prisoners of Memory, Haahr realizes her lifelong ambition to uncover the stories behind the statistics in the Nazi records and learn as much as possible about the pre-war lives, deportations, and deaths of her grandparents and other close family members. Devoting herself fully to this project after retiring from her academic career, Haahr delves into troves of family letters, takes part in numerous conversations with those directly and indirectly affected by World War II, and gathers information from contacts in Germany, archives, and other historical research. In doing so, she seeks to understand the enduring legacy of tragedy as well as of perseverance and hope in the generations that followed the Holocaust in the United States and elsewhere.

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Germany

The Formation of the Talmud: Scholarship and Politics in Yitzhak Isaac Halevy’s Dorot Harishonim

Ari Bergmann

This book examines the talmudic writings, politics, and ideology of Y.I. Halevy (1847-1914), one of the most influential representatives of the pre-war eastern European Orthodox Jewish community. It analyzes Halevy’s historical model of the formation of the Babylonian Talmud, which, he argued, was edited by an academy of rabbis beginning in the fourth century and ending by the sixth century. Halevy's model also served as a blueprint for the rabbinic council of Agudath Israel, the Orthodox political body in whose founding he played a leading role.

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Talmud

The Forty Day Challenge

Mark Wildes

The forty-day span preceding Yom Kippur is the holiest time on the Jewish calendar, precisely because it was designed to help us find meaning, inspiration, and purpose. Written in an approachable, uplifting, and accessible style, The 40 Day Challenge is an invitation for people who believe there is more to life than the daily grind. It offers the reader easily digestible and compact Jewish wisdom, each day for the 40 days from Rosh Chodesh Elul leading up to Yom Kippur. Each daily reading is followed by a challenge question so it can serve as a spiritual diary as you approach the High Holidays. This year, instead of just “showing up,” prepare yourself with a Torah insight written by MJE Founder Rabbi Mark Wildes, who has spent his life inspiring Jews from all walks of life.

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40 Day

Advanced Introduction to Law and Literature

Peter Goodrich

Peter Goodrich presents a unique introduction to the concept of jurisliterature. Highlighting how lawyers have been extraordinarily productive of literary, artistic and political works, Goodrich explores the diversity and imagination of the law and literature tradition. Jurisliterature, he argues, is the source of legal invention and the sign of novelty in judgments.

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Jurisliterature

Public Health, Mental Health, and Mass Atrocity Prevention

Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum et al. (editors)

This multidisciplinary volume considers the role of both public health and mental health policies and practices in the prevention of mass atrocity, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. The authors address atrocity prevention through the framework of primary (pre-conflict), secondary (mid-conflict), and tertiary (post-conflict) settings. They examine the ways in which public health and mental health scholars and practitioners currently orient their research and interventions and the ways in which we can adapt frameworks, methods, tools, and practice toward a more sophisticated and truly interdisciplinary understanding and application of atrocity prevention. The book brings together diverse fields of study by global north and global south authors in diverse contexts. It culminates in a narrative that demonstrates the state of the current fields on intersecting themes within public health, mental health, and mass atrocity prevention and the future potential directions in which these intersections could go. Such discussions will serve to influence both policy makers and practitioners in these fields toward developing, adapting, and testing frames and tools for atrocity prevention. Multidisciplinary perspectives are represented among editors and authors, including law, political science, international studies, public health, mental health, philosophy, clinical psychology, social psychology, history, and peace studies.

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Mental Health

Esther in America: The Scroll's Interpretation in and Impact on the United States

Editor: Stuart Halpern

The Book of Esther has inspired and impacted the American project since its very inception. Rabbis and ethicists, abolitionists and artists, preachers and presidents, have understood the text to speak to their moment. It has offered solace to immigrants, forged solidarity, impacted politics, and, in the spirit of Esther 4:14, roused individuals to realize that deliverance was not to come from some other place, but from their own heroic actions on behalf of their people. As Americans once again find ourselves navigating antisemitism and bigotry, questioning the limits and purposes of power, reassessing gender dynamics, and grappling with how to keep an ethnically diverse empire from imploding, it is once again to Esther we must turn, to the timeless scroll that continues to urge us to find strength and redemptive possibility in the least expected of places.

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Esther

Tribal Blueprints: Twelve Brothers and the Destiny of Israel

Nechama Price

The Jewish nation begins with a collection of twelve brothers and half-brothers, linked through their father, Jacob. From these close familiar beginnings, each develops into a distinct tribe, with unique characteristics and destinies that have indelible imprints on the rest of Tanakh. Tribal Blueprints examines each of Jacob's sons, revealing their individual stories in Genesis and the impact of their shifting places within the family. How do these individuals evolve? What is the role of each of the four mothers? How does each brother's placement in the birth order of the family influence his behavior? How are the brothers' personalities reflected in future generations? In this volume, Prof. Nechama Price takes the reader on a journey through the biblical narrative, looking anew at the ancient stories of Genesis to uncover a new appreciation for the special role of each of the twelve tribes, who together form the nation of Israel.

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Tribal Blueprints

Teach Like a Human: Essays for Parents and Teachers

Miriam Hirsch

Teach Like a Human:​ ​Essays for Parents and Teachers ​is a collection of essays focused on educating children to care about themselves, their communities, and the world we are privileged to share. Written for parents and teachers, the book highlights the importance of listening, caring, communicating, discerning, and managing relationships effectively. The author draws on principles from organizational theory, curriculum study, and arts education, to encourage mindful reflection about educational practices and policies in pursuit of education for life.

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Teach Like a Human

 


Brothers from Afar: Rabbinic Approaches to Apostasy and Reversion in Medieval Europe

Ephraim Kanarfogel

In Brothers from Afar: Rabbinic Approaches to Apostasy and Reversion in Medieval Europe, Ephraim Kanarfogel challenges a long-held view that those who had apostatized and later returned to the Jewish community in northern medieval Europe were encouraged to resume their places without the need for special ceremony or act that verified their reversion. Kanarfogel's evidence suggests that from the late twelfth century onward, leading rabbinic authorities held that returning apostates had to undergo ritual immersion and other rites of contrition. He also argues that the shift in rabbinic positions during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries was fundamentally a response to changing Christian perceptions of Jews and was not simply an internal halakhic or rabbinic development.

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Brothers from Afar

Managing online learning: The life-cycle of successful programs

JOHN VIVOLO
"Managing Online Learning is a comprehensive guide to planning and executing effective online learning programs. Featuring contributions from experienced professionals across operations in university and corporate settings, this all-in-one resource provides leaders and administrators with informed strategies for supporting learners’ and instructors’ evolving needs, implementing and evaluating pedagogically sound technologies, projecting revenue-generating models, and anticipating future scaling challenges. These highly applied chapters cover essential topics such as unit design, management of staff and finances, student engagement, user experience and interface, data analytics, and more. "

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Managing online learning: The life-cycle of successful programs.

Contextualizing Jewish Temples

Tova Ganzel and Shalom E. Holtz (editors)

Jewish temples stood in Jerusalem for nearly one thousand years and were a dominant feature in the life of the ancient Judeans throughout antiquity. This volume strives to obtain a diachronic and topical cross-section of central features of the varied aspects of the Jewish temples that stood in Jerusalem, one that draws on and incorporates different disciplinary and methodological viewpoints.

 

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Temples

From Scrolls to Traditions: A Festschrift Honoring Lawrence H. Schiffman

Editors: Stuart S. Miller, Michael D. Swartz, Steven Fine, Naomi Grunhaus, and Alex P. Jassen

This Festschrift in honor of Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman, a renowned authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Rabbinic Judaism, includes contributions by twenty of his former doctoral students, now colleagues. The volume is divided into two sections, the “Biblical and Second Temple Period” and “Rabbis, Other Jews, and Neighboring Cultures.” The diverse topics covered and the wide range of interdisciplinary approaches employed reflect Professor Schiffman’s success in cultivating a school of scholars who are making unique contributions to the study of the Jews and Judaism.

 

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Schiffman

Every Hour, Every Atom: A Collection of Walt Whitman's Early Notebooks and Fragments

Editors: Zachary Turpin and Matt Miller

Some of the dimmest years in Walt Whitman’s life precede the advent of Leaves of Grass in 1855, when he was working as a jour­nalist and fiction writer. Starting around 1850, what he’d begun writing in his personal notebooks was far more enigmatic than anything he’d done before. One of Whitman’s most secretive projects during this timeframe was a novel, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle; serialized anonymously in the spring of 1852, and rediscovered and properly published in 2017. The key to the novel’s later discovery were plot notes Whit­man had made in one of his private notebooks. Whitman’s invaluable notebooks have been virtually inacces­sible to the public, until now. Maintaining the early notebooks’ wild, syncretic feel and sample illustrations of Whitman’s beauti­ful and unkempt pages, scholars Zachary Turpin and Matt Miller’s thorough transcriptions have made these notebooks available to all; sharing Whitman’s secret space for developing his poetry, his writing, his philosophy, and himself.

 

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Whitman

The Escapist

David Puretz

When escape becomes a first line of defense, is it possible to ever face life's harsh realities? In his debut novel, David Puretz details one young man's seemingly never-ending quest for his missing father. Weaving topics like mental health, family conflict and abuse, drug addiction, and sexuality throughout a frame narrative structure, Puretz delves into the internal and external calamities that shape the human life and mind. The only thing protagonist Billy Chute excels in is escaping. After finding that his father has escaped his own life and disappeared, Billy quits his job and sets out to find him. But what he may really be searching for is a path to free him from his past and give him a purpose and future. More than a story of self-discovery, The Escapist takes an intimate look into the psyche of an unlikely protagonist. Billy turns to writing as he travels the country, and uses writing, in part, as a way to heal, make sense of things, and forgive. Within the narrative, he explores the adversity of family and self, desperate to create his own identity, but drug addiction and the lasting effects of past abuse take him deeper into an escape than he ever could have imagined.

 

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Escapist

Therapist Performance Under Pressure: Negotiating Emotion, Difference, and Rupture

J. Christopher Muran and Catherine F. Eubanks

Therapists perform under pressure regularly, especially when encountering patients who evoke challenging emotions that mark ruptures in the patient–therapist alliance. Authors Chris Muran and Catherine Eubanks synthesize decades of accumulated clinical knowledge and experience to provide psychotherapists, supervisors, and trainees with effective strategies for recognizing and repairing ruptures. In doing so, they demonstrate how therapists from diverse theoretical orientations can transform ruptures from potential breaking points into opportunities for strengthening alliances with patients and improving outcomes. Clinical illustrations show therapists how to negotiate basic and self‑conscious emotions and navigate individual and cultural differences. This book also reviews strategies and principles for therapist self-care and training via supervision to help therapists better regulate their emotions and become good models for their patients. This book also includes the complete Rupture Resolution Rating System (or 3RS) manual, a popular assessment tool for measuring alliance ruptures and repair strategies.

 

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Therapist

Child Welfare: Preparing Social Workers for Practice in the Field

Kathryn Krase and Tobi Delong-Hamilton

Child Welfare: Preparing Social Workers for Practice in the Field is a comprehensive text for child welfare courses taught from a social work perspective. This textbook provides a single source for all material necessary for a contextual child welfare course. As well as combining history, theory, and practice, the authors integrate different practice perspectives to teach social workers how to engage children and families at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Covering both broad issues, such as child welfare, child maltreatment, and responses to child maltreatment, and current issues in social care, including mandated reporting and evidence-based policy prevention and preservation, the material is designed to meet the needs of social work students entering the child welfare workforce. Child Welfare provides students in social work courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels with a single source for all material necessary to successfully navigate their studies and careers.

 

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Child Welfare

The Fractional Laplacian

Wenxiong Chen, Yan Li, and Pei Ma

This is a unique book that provides a comprehensive understanding of nonlinear equations involving the fractional Laplacian as well as other nonlocal operators. Beginning from the definition of fractional Laplacian, it gradually leads the readers to the frontier of current research in this area. The explanations and illustrations are elementary enough so that first year graduate students can follow easily, while it is advanced enough to include many new ideas, methods, and results that appeared recently in research literature, which researchers would find helpful. It focuses on introducing direct methods on the nonlocal problems without going through extensions, such as the direct methods of moving planes, direct method of moving spheres, direct blowing up and rescaling arguments, and so on. Different from most other books, it emphasizes on illuminating the ideas behind the formal concepts and proofs, so that readers can quickly grasp the essence.

 

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Laplacian

The Conscience wars: Rethinking the Balance between Religion, Identity, and Equality

MICHEL ROSENFELD
In this work, Professors Mancini and Rosenfeld have brought together an impressive group of authors to provide a comprehensive analysis on the greater demand for religions exemptions to government mandates. Traditional religious conscientious objection cases, such as refusal to salute the flag or to serve in the military during war, had a diffused effect throughout society. In sharp contrast, these authors argue that today's most notorious objections impinge on the rights of others, targeting practices like abortion, LGTBQ adoption, and same-sex marriage. The dramatic expansion of conscientious objection claims have revolutionized the battle between religious traditionalists and secular civil libertarians, raising novel political, legal, constitutional and philosophical challenges. Highlighting the intersection between conscientious objections, religious liberty, and the equality of women and sexual minorities, this volume showcases this political debate and the principal jurisprudence from different parts of the world and emphasizes the little known international social movements that compete globally to alter the debate's terms.

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The conscience wars: Rethinking the balance between religion, identity, and equality.

The middle voice: Mediating conflict successfully, Second Edition

LELA LOVE
Everyone mediates. The only question is: how well? Whether you want to be a better professional mediator or, in your role as supervisor, co-worker, parent, organizational leader or community or political activist you want to more successfully manage conflict, this book is for you. It is written in a clear, engaging style. Through its diverse examples and focus on concrete problem-solving strategies and tactics, it is a relevant, effective guide for any citizen. With its important new chapter providing guidance on managing conflicts laced with diversity dynamics, The Middle Voice describes the role of a mediator and the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct a successful process. In a historical era of polarized tensions and escalating conflict, The Middle Voice is an essential read for gaining confidence in, and knowledge about, resolving conflicts constructively and fairly.

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The middle voice: Mediating conflict successfully

Mediation: Practice, policy and ethics

LELA LOVE
Mediation: Practice, Policy, and Ethics provides a comprehensive and current introduction to the world of mediation, including law and policy, case examples, and practice guidelines for mediators and attorney representatives. Leading scholars and award-winning teachers in the field present critiques of mediation as well as its promise and potential. Their practical, problem-solving approach includes both analytical and behavioral approaches in varying gender, race, and cultural contexts. The text can be used for lawyer-mediators, lawyer-representatives in mediation, and non-lawyer mediators.

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Mediation: Practice, policy and ethics

Jewish religious architecture: From biblical Israel to modern Judaism

STEVEN FINE
Jewish Religious Architecture explores ways that Jews have expressed their tradition in brick and mortar and wood, in stone and word and spirit. This volume stretches from the biblical Tabernacle to Roman Jerusalem, synagogues spanning two millenia and on to contemporary Judaism. Social historians, cultural historians, art historians and philologists have come together here to present this extraordinary architectural tradition. The multidisciplinary approach employed in Jewish Religious Architecture reveals deep continuities over time, together with the distinctly local— sometimes in surprising ways.

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Jewish religious architecture: From biblical Israel to modern Judaism

Divrei Shalom: Collected Editor's Notes, 2005–2019

SHALOM CARMY

With his retirement from the editorship of TRADITION, after 15 years at its helm, and over 40 years in its service, Rabbi Shalom Carmy was honored by the Rabbinical Council of America with the publication of Divrei Shalom: Collected Editor’s Notes, edited by Avraham Wein with an introduction by Yitzchak Blau. R. Shalom Carmy has been one of the most articulate and insightful voices in our community for decades and these relatively brief essays (initially appearing as his editor’s columns in Tradition between 2005-2019) provide an accessible window into the thought of a profound thinker. Idiosyncratic as always, R. Carmy cannot be neatly pigeon-holed into an ideological box; the reader often does not anticipate which direction he is heading. He utilizes a remarkable range of sources encompassing traditional rabbinic luminaries, the great figures of Western culture, and even Kojak’s debate with Freud about Oedipus. These essays show his curious mind and considerable intellect applied to a broad range of topics.

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Divrei Shalom: Collected editor’s notes 2005–2019

Praying Legally

SHALOM E. HOLTZ
In biblical and other ancient Near Eastern sources, prayer is an opportunity to make one’s case before divine judges. Prayers were formulated using courtroom or trial language, including demands for judgment, confessions, and accusations. The presence of these legal concepts reveals ancient Near Eastern thoughts about what takes place when one prays. Holtz highlights legal concepts that appear in prayers, including the motif of the speakers' oppression in Psalms the possibility of countersuit against God through prayer, and divine attention and inattention as legal responses. By reading ancient prayers together with legal texts, this book shows how speakers took advantage of prayer as an opportunity to have their day in the divine court and even sue against divine injustice.

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Praying Legally

Administering Interpretation

Edited by Peter Goodrich and Michel Rosenfeld
"Populism in politics and policy orientations in law have thrown the jurisdiction of the academy and the disciplines of interpretation into disarray. Critique flounders in abstraction and negativity, law loses itself in particularity. Administering Interpretation brings together philosophers, humanists, and jurists from both continental and Anglophone jurisdictions to reassess the status and trajectory of interpretative theory as applied in the art of law. Tracking the thread of philosophical influences upon the community of legal interpretation, the essays move from the translation and wake of Derrida to the work of Agamben, from deconstruction to oikononmia. Sharing roots in the philological excavation of the political theology of modern law, contributors assess the failure of secularism and the continuing theological borrowings of juridical interpretation. The book brings contemporary critique to bear upon the interpretative apparatuses of exclusion, the law of spectacular sovereignty, and the bodies that lie in its wake."

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Administering Interpretation

Parkchester: A Bronx tale of race and ethnicity

JEFFREY S. GUROCK
"In Parkchester, Jeffrey S. Gurock explains how and why a “get along” spirit prevailed in Parkchester and marked a turning point in ethnic relations in the city. Gurock is also attuned to, and documents fully, the egregious side to the neighborhood's early history."

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Parkchester: A Bronx tale of race and ethnicity

A Cultural History of Law in the Early Modern Age

Editor: PETER GOODRICH
"Drawing upon a wealth of textual and visual sources, A Cultural History of Law in the Early Modern Age presents essays that examine key cultural case studies of the period on the themes of justice, constitution, codes, agreements, arguments, property and possession, wrongs, and the legal profession "

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A Cultural History of Law in the Early Modern Age

The Future of Democracy

RONALD GLASSMAN
"This book focuses on the processes that help stabilize democracy. It provides a socio-historical analysis of the future prospects of democracy. The link between advanced capitalism and democracy is emphasized, focusing on contract law and the separation of the economy from the state. The book also emphasizes the positive effects of the scientific world view on legal- rational authority. Aristotle’s theory of the majority middle class and its stabilizing effect on democracy is highlighted. This book describes the face to face democracies of the past in order to give us a better perspective on the high tech democracies of the future, making it appealing to students and academics in the political and social sciences."

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The Future of Democracy

Unbinding Isaac: The Significance of the Akedah for Modern Jewish Thought

Aaron J. Koller
Unbinding Isaac takes readers on a trek of discovery to insight into the binding of Isaac story for our times. The early nineteenth-century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard viewed the biblical story as teaching of suspension of ethics for the sake of faith, and in the twentieth century Jewish thinkers developed this idea as a cornerstone of their religious worldview. Koller examines and critiques Kierkegaard’s perspective—and later incarnations of it—on textual, religious, and ethical grounds. He also explores the current of criticism of Abraham in Jewish thought, from ancient poems and midrashim to contemporary Israel narratives, as well as some of the many ways Jews have responded to the Akedah over the generations.

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Francisco Sánchez y el redescubrimiento de la duda en el Renacimiento

Marcelo Saúl Broitman
Reflexiona acerca de la filosofía escéptica, desde sus orígenes en Grecia hasta su redescubrimiento en el Renacimiento. En especial, se presta atención a la obra de Francisco Sánchez, un médico y pensador hispano de los Siglos XVI y XVII, que promovió el cambio de dirección del pensamiento filosófico y científico de su época, desde un dogmatismo anclado en las disquisiciones dialécticas sin contenido empírico y el culto a Aristóteles, a un escepticismo que demolió el principio de autoridad y reintrodujo la duda, lo que habría de permitir la aparición de una nueva filosofía y de una ciencia basada en el estudio de la naturaleza. El libro consta de tres partes. En la primera se presenta al escepticismo griego según lo describen sus principales expositores, Marco Tulio Cicerón, Sexto Empírico y Diógenes Laercio; en la segunda, se recrea una parte de la dialéctica medieval, especialmente según la explica Juan Luis Vives, y en la tercera se expone la vida y obra de Francisco Sánchez, analizándose sus dos obras principales, La canción del cometa del año 1577 y Que nada se sabe.

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Francisco Sánchez y el redescubrimiento de la duda en el Renacimiento

Anim Zemiros - A Poem For All Ages: Elucidating, Demystifying, and Appreciating The Shir HaKavod

Rabbi Elchanan Adler
Gain Insight Into one of the Most Beloved and Exalted Parts of the Shabbos Davening…
Anim Zemiros – a popular part of Shabbos davening – remains for many an enigmatic text. In this pioneering work, Rabbi Elchanan Adler masterfully elucidates Anim Zemiros, making it meaningful and accessible to all.
An overview discussing the poem’s history, authorship, and customs, followed by a clearly written, line-by-line commentary offers readers an in-depth appreciation of this beloved piyut. If you would like to better understand Anim Zemiros and be able to recite it with new-found appreciation for its profundity and beauty, this book is for you.

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Anim Zemiros - A Poem For All Ages

Scholarly Man of Faith: Studies in the Thought and Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Ephraim Kanarfogel (Editor)
This book sets forward a series of interesting and less-explored aspects of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik's teachings. These essays delve into the Rav's approach toward understanding biblical figures, his views on emotions and intellect, his appreciation of R. Yehudah ha-Levi, his understanding of medieval history, and the implications for modernity.

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Scholarly Man of Faith: Studies in the Thought and Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews

Ephraim Kanarfogel (Editor)
Though the existence of Jewish regional cultures is widely known, the origins of the most prominent groups, Ashkenaz and Sepharad, are poorly understood, and the rich variety of other regional Jewish identities is often overlooked. Yet all these subcultures emerged in the Middle Ages. Scholars contributing to the present study were invited to consider how such regional identities were fashioned, propagated, reinforced, contested, and reshaped - and to reflect on the developments, events, or encounters that made these identities manifest. They were asked to identify how subcultural identities proved to be useful, and the circumstances in which they were deployed. The resulting volume spans the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, and explores Jewish cultural developments in western Europe, the Balkans, North Africa, and Asia Minor. In its own way, each contribution considers factors - demographic, geographical, historical, economic, political, institutional, legal, intellectual, theological, cultural, and even biological - that led medieval Jews to conceive of themselves, or to be perceived by others, as bearers of a discrete Jewish regional identity. Notwithstanding the singularity of each essay, they collectively attest to the inherent dynamism of Jewish regional identities.

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Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews

The Intellectual History and Rabbinic Culture of Medieval Ashkenaz

Ephraim Kanarfogel
In The Intellectual History and Rabbinic Culture of Medieval Ashkenaz, author Ephraim Kanarfogel challenges the dominant perception that medieval Ashkenazic rabbinic scholarship was lacking in intellectualism or broad scholarly interests. While cultural interaction between Jews and Christians in western Europe was less than that of Sephardic Jews, Kanarfogel's study shows that the intellectual interests of Ashkenazic rabbinic figures were much broader than Talmudic studies alone. Kanarfogel begins by highlighting several factors that have contributed to relatively narrow perceptions of Ashkenazic rabbinic culture and argues that the Tosafists, and Ashkenazic rabbinic scholarship more generally, advocated a wide definition of the truths that could be discovered through Torah study. He explores differences in talmudic and halakhic studies between the Tosafist centers of northern France and Germany, delves into aspects of biblical interpretation in each region, and identifies important Tosafists and rabbinic figures. Kanarfogel also examines the composition of liturgical poetry (piyyut) by Tosafists, interest in forms of (white) magic and mysticism on the part of a number of northern French Tosafists, and a spectrum of views on the question of anthropomorphism and messianism. Overall, Kanarfogel demonstrates that the approach taken by Tosafists was broader, more open, and more multi-disciplinary than previously considered. Medieval and Jewish history scholars will appreciate Kanarfogel's volume, which is the culmination of several decades of research on the subject.

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The Intellectual History and Rabbinic Culture of Medieval Ashkenaz

The Founder's Dilemmas

Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup (The Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

Noam Wasserman
Often downplayed in the excitement of starting up a new business venture is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires, and investors to help build the business? More than just financial rewards are at stake. Friendships and relationships can suffer. Bad decisions at the inception of a promising venture lay the foundations for its eventual ruin. The Founder's Dilemmas is the first book to examine the early decisions by entrepreneurs that can make or break a startup and its team.

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The Founder's Dilemmas

Life Is a Startup

What Founders Can Teach Us about Making Choices and Managing Change 1st Edition

Noam Wasserman
After two decades of research on founders, a best-selling book on the subject, and experience teaching and mentoring thousands of students in this field, Noam Wasserman is a prominent authority on startups. Hearing from countless readers and students that his insights helped them with important life decisions, beyond the incubator and boardroom, Wasserman brings us a new book that applies to everyday life his research on the methods of successful startup founders. Like entrepreneurs, we all deal with uncertainty, tough decision-making, and necessary problem-solving. Whether we freelance or work for large organizations, whether we're married or single, have kids or not, we must be able to think on our feet, assess risks and opportunities, and recruit others to help us navigate them. This book offers important advice for envisioning change in our lives―from contemplating the next step in a relationship to making a radical career move―and managing changes to which we've already committed. We can learn to recognize our own well-worn patterns and keep our tendencies and habits in check, recruit a personal taskforce―our own board of directors―to advise us, and plan ahead for growth. With his extensive database of entrepreneurship case studies―from Pandora to Twitter to Nike―complemented with data on 20,000 founders, Wasserman is able to go deeply into the entrepreneurial mindset and show us how startups provide specific lessons for crafting our most successful lives.

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Life Is a Startup

Proclaim Liberty

Throughout The Land

Turning to the Hebrew Bible for inspiration, solidarity, comfort, and purpose, as the members of the First Continental Congress did, is a common theme in American history. In fact, one cannot understand the American political tradition without understanding America’s relationship with the Five Books of Moses. This sourcebook assembles the primary sources of American public history and allows the reader to hear the Hebraic echoes that have formed the cultural vocabulary of the Puritan settlers, revolutionaries, African slaves, leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, and the broader population.

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Proclaim Liberty

Caring for the Military

A Guide for Helping Professionals, 1st Edition

Joan Beder (Editor)
With overseas deployment scaling down in recent years, helping professionals need practical tools for working with servicemen and women returning from deployment. Caring for the Military, with its case studies and clinical discussions, is indispensable for social workers and other helping professionals working with these populations. Leading experts contribute chapters on the challenges faced by reintegrating members of the military, including returning to a family, entering the workforce, and caring for those with PTSD, TBI, and moral injury. This text also features unique chapters on telemental health, multidisciplinary settings, and caregiver resiliency.

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Contemporary Halakhic Problems

Rabbi J. David Bleich
Judaism is unique in that one of its greatest mizvot is the study of Torah for its own sake. The contemporary student of Halakhah enjoys the encounter not just with the practical questions of today, but with the questions that will arise tomorrow.

In this latest volume of Contemporary Halakhic Problems, Rabbi Bleich provides lucid summaries and analyses of classic halakhic questions alongside pioneering applications of Jewish law to current social, political, technological and religious issues. Covering topics such as:

  • stem-cell burgers
  • entering a non-Jewish house of worship
  • video surveillance
  • medical and cosmetic tattooing
  • laser circumcision
  • posthumous paternity
  • vaccination

The essays in this book cover some of the most intriguing questions of our time. Rabbi Bleich, a distinguished scholar, bioethicist and one of today’s most respected halakhists, outlines the issues, brings the opinions of various halakhic decisors and explains the basis of disagreements between them. A must for anyone interested in Jewish law.

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Jewish Law and Contemporary Issues

Rabbi J. David Bleich and Arthur J. Jacobson
Organized as a series of authoritative discussions, this book presents the application of Jewish law - or Halakhah - to contemporary social and political issues. Beginning with the principle of divine revelation, it describes the contents and canons of interpretation of Jewish law. Though divinely received, the law must still be interpreted and 'completed' by human minds, often leading to the conundrum of divergent but equally authentic interpretations. Examining topics from divorce to war and from rabbinic confidentiality to cloning, this book carefully delineates the issues presented in each case, showing the various positions taken by rabbinic scholars, clarifying areas of divergence, and analyzing reasons for disagreement. Written by widely recognized scholars of both Jewish and secular law, this book will be an invaluable source for all who seek authoritative guidance in understanding traditional Jewish law and practice.

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Happiness and the Law

Christopher Buccafusco, John Bronsteen, and Jonathan S. Masur
Happiness and the law. At first glance, these two concepts seem to have little to do with each other. To some, they may even seem diametrically opposed. Yet one of the things the law strives for is to improve people’s quality of life. To do this, it must first predict what will make people happy. Yet happiness research shows that, time and time again, people err in predicting what will make them happy, overestimating the import of money and mistaking the circumstances to which they can and cannot adapt.

Drawing on new research in psychology, neuroscience, and economics, the authors of Happiness and the Law assess how the law affects people’s quality of life—and how it can do so in a better way. Taking readers through some of the common questions about and objections to the use of happiness research in law and policy, they consider two areas in depth: criminal punishment and civil lawsuits. More broadly, the book proposes a comprehensive approach to assessing human welfare—well-being analysis—that is a valuable alternative to the strictly economically based cost-benefit analyses currently dominating how we evaluate public policy. The study of happiness is the next step in the evolution from traditional economic analysis of the law to a behavioral approach. Happiness and the Law will serve as the definitive, yet accessible, guide to understanding this new paradigm.

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Connecting the Dots

A Social Work Academician’s Memoir of Intellectual and Career Development

Richard K. Caputo
Richard K. Caputo, an under-the-radar social work scholar, shares lessons about finding his voice as a scholar, overcoming obstacles, and navigating the rigors and expectations of academia in this memoir.

From his days as an undergraduate to a graduate student; from being a paraprofessional at Arizona State Hospital and Division of Behavioral Health Services to a professional social worker at a family service agency then known as United Charities of Chicago; and from an agency-based professional to an academic, he reveals the trials, tribulations, and tradeoffs that went with each transition.

He also pays homage to the mentors that helped him succeed in his various roles, including being a junior faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, a continuing contract faculty member at the Barry University School of Social Work, and finally as a tenured faculty member at the Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

Join the author as he chronicles his journey navigating the political and social environment from the 1960s through the 2010s and juggling the demands of university life in Connecting the Dots.

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Policy Analysis for Social Workers

Richard K. Caputo
Policy Analysis for Social Workers offers a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to understanding the process of policy development and analysis for effective advocacy. This user-friendly model helps students get excited about understanding policy as a product, a process, and as performance—a unique “3-P” approach to policy analysis as competing texts often just focus on one of these areas. Author Richard K Caputo efficiently teaches the purpose of policy and its relation to social work values, discusses the field of policy studies and the various kinds of analysis, and highlights the necessary criteria (effectiveness, efficiency, equity, political feasibility, social acceptability, administrative, and technical feasibility) for evaluating public policy.

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New York as We Know It

Vincent J. Chiappetta
Running through cities is a part of my exploration. As I run I see, interact, build images that I put together in my poetic interpretive responses, my poems. I write on the run with a pad I carry.

I recall my impressions as I finish. I recall moments as reminders pop up in my mind. As if to see in words my views of the world of people and structures around me. Hopefully others will relate to my words and receive something similar in vision and intensity as I experience.

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Prospective Memory

Remembering to Remember, Remembering to Forget

Anna-Lisa Cohen and Jason Hicks
This Brief offers a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the current developments in the field of prospective memory, or memory for delayed intentions. It explores several key areas in prospective memory research, including computational modeling, neuroscience and prospective memory, output monitoring, and implementation intentions. It seeks to increase understanding of prospective memory as well as offer the latest and most compelling findings in the field.

Prospective memory, or the act of remembering to carry out a previously formed intention, requires the processes of encoding, storage, and delayed retrieval of intended actions. Chapters in this Brief discuss the implementation and execution of intended actions, as well as the conditions in which they can fail. In addition, chapters also include reviews of the current state of the neuroscience of prospective memory as well as developments in statistical modeling. Laboratory research in the field of prospective memory began in the late 1980s and since then, the number of studies has increased exponentially. This Brief provides timely and relevant information in a field that is ever expanding and growing.

This Brief is an informative resource for researchers and undergraduate and graduate students in the field of psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience.

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Interpreting Scriptures in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Overlapping Inquiries

Mordechai Z. Cohen and Adele Berlin (Editors)
This comparative study traces Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptural interpretation from antiquity to modernity, with special emphasis on the pivotal medieval period. It focuses on three areas: responses in the different faith traditions to tensions created by the need to transplant scriptures into new cultural and linguistic contexts; changing conceptions of the literal sense and its importance vis-à-vis non-literal senses, such as the figurative, spiritual, and midrashic; and ways in which classical rhetoric and poetics informed - or were resisted in - interpretation. Concentrating on points of intersection, the authors bring to light previously hidden aspects of methods and approaches in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This volume opens new avenues for interdisciplinary analysis and will benefit scholars and students of biblical studies, religious studies, medieval studies, Islamic studies, Jewish studies, comparative religions, and theory of interpretation.

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Cunningham and Cunningham's The Logic of Subchapter K

A Conceptual Guide to the Taxation of Partnerships, 5th

Laura E. Cunningham and Noel B. Cunningham
This course book is designed to guide students through the conceptual framework of subchapter K. The material avoids neither the hard questions nor the conceptual difficulties, leaving students with a firm understanding of partnership taxation. Each chapter begins with a basic explanation of the relevant provisions and the roles that they play in the overall structure of subchapter K. It includes an increasingly detailed discussion of the specific rules, including multiple illustrative examples. Each chapter builds on the earlier chapters, leading the student through subchapter K. It is appropriate for J.D. or graduate-level law school courses on partnership taxation.

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Chaotic, Fractional, and Complex Dynamics

New Insights and Perspectives

Mark Edelman, Elbert E. N. Macau, Miguel A. Sanjuan (Editors)
The book presents nonlinear, chaotic and fractional dynamics, complex systems and networks, together with cutting-edge research on related topics.

The fifteen chapters – written by leading scientists working in the areas of nonlinear, chaotic, and fractional dynamics, as well as complex systems and networks – offer an extensive overview of cutting-edge research on a range of topics, including fundamental and applied research. These include but are not limited to, aspects of synchronization in complex dynamical systems, universality features in systems with specific fractional dynamics, and chaotic scattering.

As such, the book provides an excellent and timely snapshot of the current state of research, blending the insights and experiences of many prominent researchers.

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The Menorah

From the Bible to Modern Israel

Steven Fine
The menorah, the seven-branched candelabrum, has traversed millennia as a living symbol of Judaism and the Jewish people. Naturally, it did not pass through the ages unaltered. The Menorah explores the cultural and intellectual history of the Western world’s oldest continuously used religious symbol. This meticulously researched yet deeply personal history explains how the menorah illuminates the great changes and continuities in Jewish culture, from biblical times to modern Israel.

Though the golden seven-branched menorahs of Moses and of the Jerusalem Temple are artifacts lost to history, the best-known menorah image survives on the Arch of Titus in Rome. Commemorating the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE, the arch reliefs depict the spoils of the Temple, the menorah chief among them, as they appeared in Titus’s great triumphal parade in 71 CE. Steven Fine recounts how, in 2012, his team discovered the original yellow ochre paint that colored the menorah—an event that inspired his search for the history of this rich symbol from ancient Israel through classical history, the Middle Ages, and on to our own tumultuous times.

Surveying artifacts and literary sources spanning three thousand years—from the Torah and the ruins of Rome to yesterday’s news—Fine presents the menorah as a source of fascination and illumination for Jews, Samaritans, Christians, and even Freemasons. A symbol for the divine, for continuity, emancipation, national liberation, and redemption, the menorah features prominently on Israel’s state seal and continues to inspire and challenge in surprising ways.

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This Holy Place

On the Sanctity of the Synagogue During the Greco-Roman Period

Steven Fine
Demonstrates how the synagogue came to be seen as sacred, arguing that biblical scrolls within the synagogue were the most important source of sanctity in the minds of the ancients. Explores the ideological development of the synagogue as well as trends in the history of Judaism during the Greco-Roman period, and concludes that during late antiquity there existed a single but multifaceted Judaism rather than the separate Judaisms some have posited.

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The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern American Fiction

Paula Geyh (Editor)
Few previous periods in the history of American literature could rival the richness of the postmodern era - the diversity of its authors, the complexity of its ideas and visions, and the multiplicity of its subjects and forms. This volume offers an authoritative, comprehensive, and accessible guide to the American fiction of this remarkable period. It traces the development of postmodern American fiction over the past half-century and explores its key aesthetic, cultural, and political contexts. It examines its principal styles and genres, from the early experiments with metafiction to the most recent developments, such as the graphic novel and digital fiction, and offers concise, compelling readings of many of its major works. An indispensable resource for students, scholars, and the general reader, the Companion both highlights the extraordinary achievements of postmodern American fiction and provides illuminating critical frameworks for understanding it.

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The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship, 2nd edition

Paul Glassman and Judy Dyki (Editors)
The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship integrates theory and practice to offer guidelines for information professionals working in art and design environments who need to support and anticipate the information needs of artists, designers, architects and the historians who study those disciplines. Since the first edition of this title, the world of art and design libraries has been transformed by rapid advances in technology, an explosion in social media and the release of new standards and guidelines. This new edition, offering mostly entirely new chapters, provides an accessible, fully updated, guide to the world of academic art and design libraries from a range of international experts who reflect current practice at a global level.

Coverage includes:

  • case studies and library profiles, providing benchmarks for developing facilities
  • teaching and learning, including the ACRL Framework, teaching with special
  • collections, meta-literacies, instructional design and cultural differences
  • developments in institutional repositories, digital humanities and makerspaces
  • contemporary library design, spaces for collaboration and sustainability

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Imago Decidendi

On the Common Law of Images

Peter Goodrich
Taking as its exemplum the use of images in judicial decisions, this article argues that the ratio decidendi of legal precedent should be supplemented with the imago decidendi, the figure or depiction that motivates judgment. Drawing upon the history of legal humanism, and particularly the tradition of juristic emblems, it is argued that an adequate understanding of case law rules and decisions requires attention to the imagery that conceives and propels the reasoned deliberation that follows. To adequately apprehend the transmission of law in a digital age requires acknowledging that images think differently, that the ambulation of the eye in the image is very different to the linear glance of the text.

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The New Brazilian Economy

Dynamic Transitions into the Future

Elias Grivoyannis (Editor)
This edited collection provides a thorough historical, statistical, and institutional description of the current Brazilian economy and the previous economic structure from which it is emerging. The contributions explore the institutional economic and cultural forces shaping the current development of the Brazilian economy and discuss how they will influence future progress. Together, the chapters form a picture of the international implications of Brazil’s emergence as a major world economic power. Topics covered include the growth and shrinkage of industry, the consumption boom and the financial crisis, sustainable financial growth and public debt management, the evolution of antitrust policy and the privatization of state-owned firms, and more. Academics and researchers of BRICS countries and Latin American and Caribbean studies will find these contributions a valuable addition to their research.

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Conversations with Colleagues

On Becoming an American Jewish Historian

Jeffrey S. Gurock (Editor)
Sixteen senior scholars of American Jewish history—among the men and women whose work and advocacy have moved their discipline into the mainstream of academia—converse on the intellectual and personal roads they have traveled in becoming leaders in their areas of expertise. Through their thoughtful and candid recollections of the challenges they faced in becoming accepted academics, they retell the story of how the study of the Jews and Judaism in the United States rose from being long dismissed as an amateurish enterprise not worthy of serious consideration in the world of ideas to its position today as a respected field in communication with all humanities scholars. They also imagine and chart the direction the writing on American Jews will take in the coming era.

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The Holocaust Averted

An Alternate History of American Jewry, 1938-1967

Jeffrey S. Gurock
The increasingly popular genre of “alternative histories” has captivated audiences by asking questions like “what if the South had won the Civil War?” Such speculation can be instructive, heighten our interest in a topic, and shed light on accepted history. In The Holocaust Averted, Jeffrey Gurock imagines what might have happened to the Jewish community in the United States if the Holocaust had never occurred and forces readers to contemplate how the road to acceptance and empowerment for today’s American Jews could have been harder than it actually was.

Based on reasonable alternatives grounded in what is known of the time, places, and participants, Gurock presents a concise narrative of his imagined war-time saga and the events that followed Hitler’s military failures. While German Jews did suffer under Nazism, the millions of Jews in Eastern Europe survived and were able to maintain their communities. Since few people were concerned with the safety of European Jews, Zionism never became popular in the United States and social antisemitism kept Jews on the margins of society. By the late 1960s, American Jewish communities were far from vibrant.

This alternate history—where, among many scenarios, Hitler is assassinated, Japan does not bomb Pearl Harbor, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt is succeeded after two terms by Robert A. Taft—does cause us to review and better appreciate history. As Gurock tells his tale, he concludes every chapter with a short section that describes what actually happened and, thus, further educates the reader.

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What America Owes the Jews, What Jews Owe America

Jeffrey S. Gurock, Dara Horn, Norman Podhoretz, Rick Richman, Jonathan Sarna, Meir Soloveichik, and Tevi Troy

What America Owes the Jews, What Jews Owe America is a collection of essays that explore the cultural, social, economic, and linguistic factors that have shaped the Jewish-American experience.  Featuring the works of seven thought-leaders and scholars, this volume comprises an essential text for lovers and observers of American and Jewish life. With essays by Jeffrey S. Gurock, Dara Horn, Norman Podhoretz, Rick Richman, Jonathan Sarna, Meir Soloveichik, and Tevi Troy.

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What America Owes the Jews, What Jews Owe America

The Jews of Harlem

The Rise, Decline, and Revival of a Jewish Community

Jeffrey S. Gurock
New York Times columnist David W. Dunlap wrote a decade ago that “on the map of the Jewish Diaspora, Harlem Is Atlantis. . . . A vibrant hub of industry, artistry and wealth is all but forgotten. It is as if Jewish Harlem sank 70 years ago beneath waves of memory beyond recall.” During World War I, Harlem was the home of the second largest Jewish community in America. But in the 1920s Jewish residents began to scatter to other parts of Manhattan, to the outer boroughs, and to other cities. Now nearly a century later, Jews are returning uptown to a gentrified Harlem.

The Jews of Harlem follows Jews into, out of, and back into this renowned metropolitan neighborhood over the course of a century and a half. It analyzes the complex set of forces that brought several generations of central European, East European, and Sephardic Jews to settle there. It explains the dynamics that led Jews to exit this part of Gotham as well as exploring the enduring Jewish presence uptown after it became overwhelmingly black and decidedly poor. And it looks at the beginnings of Jewish return as part of the transformation of New York City in our present era. The Jews of Harlem contributes much to our understanding of Jewish and African American history in the metropolis as it highlights the ever-changing story of America’s largest city.

With The Jews of Harlem, the beginning of Dunlap’s hoped-for resurfacing of this neighborhood’s history is underway. Its contemporary story merits telling even as the memories of what Jewish Harlem once was warrants recall.

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Menachem Begin’s Zionist Legacy

Meir Soloveichik et al.
 

This collection of brilliant and never-before-published essays by six of the most perceptive observers of Jewish and American life gives fresh insight into the personal, political, and religious character of one of Israel’s most remarkable and controversial figures. Menachem Begin’s Zionist Legacy explains Begin’s “unabashed and unapologetic commitment to his people before any others”; the misunderstood relationship between Begin and his mentor Ze’ev Jabotinsky; why Begin was detested by his rival David Ben-Gurion; and the true role of Jimmy Carter in the process leading up to the Camp David Accords. And there’s lots more.

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Begin

The Wide World of Central Synagogue

Jeffrey S. Gurock
This monograph explores the history of how our rabbis, including Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, and synagogue leaders engage our local, national, and international communities in seeking justice and social change through a Jewish lens.

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Jew Got Questions?

Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff
Jew Got Questions? is an easy-to-read guide that helps you navigate Judaism in today's world. Throughout the author's 13 year Rabbinical career, he has been asked numerous questions - in person, via email, text message, Skype, ambush, and on the subway.

Some include: What happens to my soul after I die? What do my dreams mean? What's the origin of the Star of David? Why do we dip the challah into salt? Can I miss meeting my soul mate? And many more...

Jew Got Questions? provides a fresh and insightful take on some of the most common and even uncommon inquiries. It can be referenced at a moment's notice, drawing on Biblical, Talmudic, and Kabbalistic sources.

This book answers hundreds of questions about laws, customs, and practices of Jewish life, that transform Judaism from being a religion into a relationship.

Written by Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff, a more reliable source than your search engine!

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Will Jew Marry Me?

Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff
You graduated from a great school, you have a rewarding career, and your family is warm and caring. So why are you--like so many other young Jewish men and women in their twenties and thirties--having trouble in your quest for a successful and committed relationship?

In Will Jew Marry Me? Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff has collected his thoughts, ideas, experiences, and stories from his many years of working with Jewish singles. The book is full of valuable, practical advice for young Jewish men and women who want to go from single to married. It offers information and guidance on topics such as these:

  • Reasons to get married
  • Questions for your first date
  • Red flags in dating
  • How to know when you've found your soul mate
  • Building a true love relationship
  • How to have a really good fight
  • The laws and customs of a Jewish wedding
  • What to expect from your first year of marriage

Will Jew Marry Me? is your guide to achieving dating, relationship, love, and marriage success.

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Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought

Rabbi Dr. Stuart W. Halpern (Editor)
The Jews have ever been a people molded by the written word. It is no coincidence, therefore, that certain texts have come to play key roles in the continuum of Jewish discourse. Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought presents ten foundational books written between the tenth and the twentieth centuries that have dramatically influenced the development of Jewish thought, examined by contemporary scholars of Jewish studies. Each scholar revisits a particularly salient work and discusses its themes, its historical context, the circumstances and background of its author, and its relevance to contemporary society. A thousand years of Jewish thought, seen through the lens of modern thinkers, in one accessible volume:

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Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought
 

Torah and Western Thought

Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity

Stuart Halpern, Meir Soloveichik, and Shlomo Zuckier
Even as the twentieth century will be remembered for the West’s loss of faith, Jewish Orthodoxy itself experienced in that very time a golden age of leaders and teachers who sought to bridge the world of Torah and that of the West. Some of these Torah figures were deeply impacted by an academic field, such as philosophy or literature. Others developed a Torah-based perspective on developments within the West, such as the rise of Zionism, democracy, or biotechnology. Still others reflected on the very nature of religious knowledge itself. The Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University invited twenty-first century thinkers to paint an intellectual portraits of these luminaries, illustrating how each figure bridged the worlds of Torah and the West in a unique way. The essays would thereby serve to inspire Orthodox Jews and all intellectually engaged individuals of faith to learn from their lives, and to have the courage to bridge these worlds as well.

Great thinkers examined include Rabbi Yehuda Amital, Rabbi Yitzchak Herzog, Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, Prof. Nechama Leibowitz, Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein, Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Rabbi Dr. Isadore Twersky. With essays by contemporary thinkers Rabbi Shalom Carmy, Dr. Carmi Horowitz, Dr. Alan Jotkowitz, Dr. Yehudah Mirsky, Dr. Daniel Rynhold, Dr. David Shatz, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Yael Unterman, Rabbi Itamar Warhaftig, Rabbi Reuven Ziegler, and Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier.

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Torah and Western Thought

Rabbis and Classical Rhetoric

Sophistic Education and Oratory in the Talmud and Midrash

Richard Hidary
Training in rhetoric - the art of persuasion - formed the basis of education in the Roman Empire. The classical intellectual world centered around the debate between philosophers, who boasted knowledge of objective reality, and sophists, who could debate both sides of any issue and who attracted large audiences and paying students. The roles of the Talmudic rabbis as public orators, teachers, and jurists, parallel that of Roman orators. Rabbinic literature adopted and adapted various aspects of the classical rhetorical tradition, as is demonstrated in the Talmudic penchant for arguing both sides of hypothetical cases, the midrashic hermeneutical methods, and the structure of synagogue sermons. At the same time, the rabbis also resisted the extreme epistemological relativism of rhetoric as is evident in their restraint on theoretical argumentation, their depiction of rabbinic and divine court procedure, and their commitment to the biblical prophetic tradition. Richard Hidary demonstrates how rabbis succeeded in navigating a novel path between platonic truth and rhetorical relativism.

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Paths to Happiness

50 Ways to Add Joy to Your Life Every Day

Edward Hoffman
From positive psychology expert Edward Hoffman, Ph.D., Paths to Happiness guides readers through 50 fun, stimulating, mind-opening ways to achieve greater joy and feel more fulfilled. From dabbling in watercolors to expressing gratitude, embracing nostalgia to power napping, each suggestion in these pages has been shown by scientific research to increase happiness and support well-being. Every topic is explored in a digestible manner and invites readers to reflect on their lives, with easy ways to cultivate a happier mindset. The easy dip-in, dip-out style and engaging activities make this accessible guide to finding happiness in daily living one that people will want to revisit again and again.

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The Divine Courtroom in Comparative Perspective

Shalom E. Holtz and Ari Mermelstein (Editors)
Contributors to The Divine Courtroom in Comparative Perspective treat one of the most pervasive religious metaphors, that of the divine courtroom, in both its historical and thematic senses. In order to shed light on the various manifestations of the divine courtroom, this volume consists of essays by scholars of the ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, early Christianity, Talmud, Islam, medieval Judaism, and classical Greek literature. Contributions to the volume primarily center upon three related facets of the divine courtroom: the role of the divine courtroom in the earthly legal system; the divine courtroom as the site of historical justice; and the divine courtroom as the venue in which God is called to answer for his own unjust acts.

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Neo-Babylonian Trial Records

Shalom E. Holtz (Translator)
This collection of sixth-century B.C.E. Mesopotamian texts provides a close-up, often dramatic, view of ancient courtroom encounters shedding light on Neo-Babylonian legal culture and daily life. In addition to the legal texts, Holtz provides an introduction to Neo-Babylonian social history, archival records, and legal materials. This is an essential resource for scholars interested in the history of law.

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Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought

Aaron Koller
The book of Esther was a conscious reaction to much of the conventional wisdom of its day, challenging beliefs regarding the Jerusalem Temple, the land of Israel, Jewish law, and even God. Aaron Koller identifies Esther as primarily a political work, and shows that early reactions ranged from ignoring the book to 'rewriting' Esther in order to correct its perceived flaws. But few biblical books have been read in such different ways, and the vast quantity of Esther-interpretation in rabbinic literature indicates a conscious effort by the Rabbis to present Esther as a story of faith and traditionalism, and bring it into the fold of the grand biblical narrative. Koller situates Esther, and its many interpretations, within the intellectual and political contexts of Ancient Judaism, and discusses its controversial themes. His innovative line of enquiry will be of great interest to students and scholars of Bible and Jewish studies.

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Talmuda de-Eretz Israel

Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antique Palestine

Aaron Koller and Steven Fine (Editors)
Talmuda de-Eretz Israel: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antique Palestine brings together an international community of historians, literature scholars and archaeologists to explorehow the integrated study of rabbinic texts and archaeology increases our understanding of both types of evidence, and of the complex culture which they together reflect. This volume reflects a growing consensus that rabbinic culture was an “embodied” culture, presenting a series of case studies that demonstrate the value of archaeology for the contextualization of rabbinic literature. It steers away from later twentieth-century trends, particularly in North America, that stressed disjunction between archaeology and rabbinic literature, and seeks a more holistic approach.

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The Material Text in Wycliffite Biblical Scholarship

Inscription and Sacred Truth

David Lavinsky
Wycliffite's theology and learning examined in the context of their physical appearance in contemporary books and manuscripts.

The reform movement known variously as Wycliffism or Lollardy is now a familiar feature of the premodern intellectual and religious landscape. But even though "heresy" has migrated to the forefront of medieval studies in recent decades, Wycliffite biblical scholarship itself has escaped sustained attention, especially its different tiers of textual form and practice. This book examines Wycliffism as it moves from late scholastic discourses of academic biblical study to the material contexts of English book and manuscript production; it also considers changing notions of biblical materiality itself. Such a concern is not limited to the empirical analysis of the book-object itself, but extends to scripture's material forms and identites as they were imagined, theorised, and made the subject of far-reaching speculation in textual criticism and hermenutics. In addition to Wycliff's academic writing, the book also addresses the movement's most significant textual assemblages in a major contribution to reframing our understanding of a key moment in English religious and cultural history.

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The Resilient Couple

Navigating Together Through Life

Dr. Lynn Levy and Dr. Philip Levy
Challenging events occur in the lives of most couples, but when two therapists are confronted with what can only be described as a tsunami in their lives, bedlam and chaos could easily have set in. Instead, they reveal how they navigated through the challenges and transformed it into an opportunity for self-discovery and growth, independently and as a couple. This book addresses the enormous obstacles they faced from a personal perspective, but also contains the insights and practical advice learned from years as therapists, clinicians, educators, and marital partners. Unlike any other relationship handbook, the authors’ challenges are revealed from the unique perspective of personal thoughts and feelings, how they negotiated their dilemma and renegotiated the future, all told from the viewpoint of He said, She said, We said, and Lessons Learned. Readers will be offered a recipe for how couples can survive their own tsunamis told with humor and poignant anecdotes. Once read, it will become the book couples repeatedly refer to when they hit the inevitable roadblocks that emerge throughout the life course, helping them to recapture the love and optimism of the first I love you, the proposal, and their wedding day!

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With Liberty and Justice

The Fifty-Day Journey from Egypt to Sinai

Joseph Lieberman
Passover and Shavuot are two acts in the same drama. The Exodus on Passover remains incomplete without the Revelation on Shavuot. Charting the fifty-day count of the Omer between the two holidays, Senator Joe Lieberman – together with Rabbi Ari Kahn – presents fifty short essays on the interplay of law and liberty in our lives. Drawing on the Bible and rabbinic literature, US politics and modern legal theory, Jewish humor and American folklore, the authors follow the annual journey from Egypt to Sinai, illustrating that there can be no liberty without law, no freedom without justice.

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Recording New Epigraphic Evidence

Essays in Honor of Robert Deutsch

Edith Lubetski (Editor)
The books presented in honor of Dr. Robert Deutsch deals with ancient inscriptions from the first millennium BCE found on ostraca, seals, bullae and other artifacts.

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School-Linked Services

Promoting Equity for Children, Families, and Communities

Susan E. Mason and Laura R. Bronstein
The evidence-based strategies in this volume close the achievement gap among students from all sociological backgrounds. Designed according to local needs assessments, they provide the services, programs, initiatives, and relationships that are crucial for children's success in school and life.

These practices and programs include afterschool and summer sessions, early-childhood education, school-linked health and mental health services, family engagement, and youth leadership opportunities. This book addresses the policy and funding requirements that help these partnerships thrive and offers effective counterarguments against those who would question their value. The text describes strategies that work in both rural and urban contexts and includes a chapter evaluating school-community partnerships across the world. Because it involves collaborations across professions and organizations, the book's interdisciplinary approach will appeal to those in social work, education, psychology, public health, counseling, nursing, and public policy.

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We Have a Right to Protect Ourselves From BAD People

Protect Our Second Amendment

Aldwyn McPherson
George Son and his daughter, Anulica, form a perfect family of two. For George, Anulica is his princess, his angel, and the light of his life. He understands that the world around her is becoming dangerous, and he wants to protect her from any harm that may come her way.

But this becomes harder and harder as racial tensions boil over in America and senseless shootings dominate the news. Where others may see an unsolvable crisis, however, George sees an amazing opportunity. His quest to change society through big dreams and hard work will take him all over the world and compel some of its brightest minds to fix problems they have let fester through apathy and disengagement. George does it all for Anulica—but can he succeed in building a brighter future for his daughter?

In addition to providing a compelling story centered on an unbreakable bond, author Aldwyn McPherson explores the realities of the Second Amendment and how American citizens can use it safely and sensibly. His work will spark discussions about the current state of America and the future of this very important topic.

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Huidekoper Cat, and Other Tales

Richard Nochimson
Although the stories in this book seek to recapture an era--the 1960s and 1970s, with a brief excursion into the 80s--these seven stories will be meaningful to readers of all ages because they explore one timeless theme: how we relate to each other. And who isn't struggling with that? Essentially realistic, with occasional departures into the satiric and even the surreal, each of the seven stories stands by itself. But they connect with each other because they share themes and because major characters in one story show up as minor characters in other stories. In "The Owner," the second story in the book, a young man tries to figure out if he's too interested in sex. In "Two Sisters," the fifth story, it's Watergate time in Washington, D.C., and a young woman is sure that the President of the United States is a crook--but doesn't quite understand her own life. In "Inez," the fourth story, a man may lose his girlfriend when he appoints himself the protector of a beautiful young woman who is being stalked by a predator. In "One Year's Correspondence," the third story, two women and two guys get into an emotional and political mashup--1960s style. In "She Knew What She Wanted," the final story, a young woman spends decades trying to find herself after the childhood loss of her twin brother. In "The Jellyby Man," the sixth story, a young college professor is troubled when a senior colleague periodically appears from nowhere to recite snatches of poetry and to offer jellybeans. In "Huidekoper Cat," the opening story, a young couple taking a late-night walk with friends comes upon a blond kitten with a secret agenda: to bring the woman and man closer to their friends--and to each other.

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Domestic Abuse, Child Custody, and Visitation

Winning in Family Court

Daniel Pollack and Toby G. Kleinman
When domestic abuse and children are involved, divorce and custody can be the epitome of high-stakes conflict and frustration and all too frequently protective parents lose custody of their child to a named abuser. Domestic Abuse, Child Custody, and Visitation helps mental health professionals, attorneys, and lay readers navigate the judicial process so that decisions are truly made in the best interest of children. The text reveals how all the puzzle pieces of the judicial process fit together -- judges, attorneys, mental health experts, children, spouses -- and how to overcome many of the obstacles they will confront along the way. This runs the gamut, from the selection of a lawyer and experts, to setting necessary groundwork for an appeal. Domestic Abuse, Child Custody, and Visitation is an essential read for mental health professionals and lay people involved in divorce and custody, family court judges, family law attorneys, and mental health professionals involved in domestic abuse and custody matters.

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Social Work and the Courts

A Casebook, 3rd Edition

Daniel Pollack and Toby G. Kleinman
Social Work and the Courts is a collection of important and cutting-edge court decisions in the field of human services, now in its third edition. Pollack and Kleinman present an array of legal cases in everyday language, with clear explanation of the facts and issues, and in-depth examinations of the reasoning and implications of each decision. This new edition includes over twenty new cases, all of which happened between 2010 and 2014, making this one of the most significant and timely investigations of how social work and the law intersect. Special attention is paid to recent rulings in child welfare and social worker liability. The dissection and analysis of these influential cases makes this volume an excellent teaching tool and an essential resource for both social workers and policy makers.

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Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival

Michel Rosenfeld and Susanna Mancini (Editors)

The global movement of culture and religion has brought about a serious challenge to traditional constitutional secularism. This challenge comes in the form of a political and institutional struggle against secular constitutionalism, and a two pronged assault on the very legitimacy and viability of the concept. On the one hand, constitutional secularism has been attacked as inherently hostile rather than neutral toward religion; and, on the other hand, constitutional secularism has been criticized as inevitably favouring one religion (or set of religions) over others.

The contributors to this book come from a variety of different disciplines including law, anthropology, history, philosophy and political theory. They provide accounts of, and explanations for, present predicaments; critiques of contemporary institutional, political and cultural arrangements, justifications and practices; and suggestions with a view to overcoming or circumventing several of the seemingly intractable or insurmountable current controversies and deadlocks.

The book is separated in to five parts. Part I provides theoretical perspectives on the present day conflicts between secularism and religion. Part II focuses on the relationship between religion, secularism and the public sphere. Part III examines the nexus between religion, secularism and women's equality. Part IV concentrates on religious perspectives on constraints on, and accommodations of, religion within the precincts of the liberal state. Finally, Part V zeroes in on conflicts between religion and secularism in specific contexts, namely education and freedom of speech.

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The Age of Deference

The Supreme Court, National Security, and the Constitutional Order

David Rudenstine
 

David Rudenstine's The Age of Deference traces the Supreme Court's role in the rise of judicial deference to executive power since the end of World War II. He shows how in case after case, going back to the Truman and Eisenhower presidencies, the Court has ceded authority in national security matters to the executive branch. Since 9/11, the executive faces even less oversight. According to Rudenstine, this has had a negative impact both on individual rights and on our ability to check executive authority when necessary. Judges are mindful of the limits of their competence in national security matters; this, combined with their insulation from political accountability, has caused them in matters as important as the nation's security to defer to the executive. Judges are also afraid of being responsible for a decision that puts the nation at risk and the consequences for the judiciary in the wake of such a decision. Nonetheless, The Age of Deference argues that as important as these considerations are in shaping a judicial disposition, the Supreme Court has leaned too far, too often, and for too long in the direction of abdication. There is a broad spectrum separating judicial abdication, at one end, from judicial usurpation, at the other, and The Age of Deference argues that the rule of law compels the court to re-define its perspective and the legal doctrines central to the Age.

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Creating a Collection

A Basic Book List for Judaic Libraries

Marlene Schiffman and Leslie Monchar
Creating a Collection is an invaluable resource for new Judaic libraries. In this revised edition of AJL's annotated non-fiction collection development guide, our editors have added many recent titles and expanded the list of categories. Existing libraries in synagogues, centers, schools and academic institutions will also benefit from reviewing the list to ensure that their collections are comprehensive and up-to-date.

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Rewriting the Victorians

Theory, History, and the Politics of Gender, 1st Edition

Linda M. Shires
This collection of essays, both feminist and historical, analyzes power relations between men and women in the Victorian period. This volume is the first to reshape Victorian studies from the perspective of the postmodern return to history, and is variously influenced by Marxism, sociology, anthropology, and post-structuralist theories of language and subjectivity. It analyzes the struggle for legitimacy and recognition in Victorian institutions and the struggle over meanings in ideological representation of the gendered subject in texts.

Contributors cover diverse topics, including Victorian ideologies of motherhood, the male gaze, the cult of the male child genius in narrative painting, the press, and Victorian women and the French Revolution, discussing both well-known and less familiar Victorian texts.

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Estates and Trusts

Cases and Materials, 5th Edition

Stewart E. Sterk and Melanie B. Leslie
This casebook presents a functional approach to Trusts and Estates. In addition to a focus on recent cases, the book uses questions and problems to focus student attention on issues that face estate planners, litigators and policy makers. In each chapter, it integrates discussion of drafting and planning issues with its treatment of doctrine and policy. In addition, this casebook is accompanied by power point slides to use in explaining concepts for which diagrams are useful, such as intestate succession, the elective share, anti-lapse statutes, abatement and future interests.

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Land Use Regulation, 2nd Edition

Stewart E. Sterk, Eduardo M. Penalver, and Sara C. Bronin
This casebook offers a concise, user-friendly presentation of land use law which incorporates a focus on critical thinking and practice throughout. The casebook devotes an entire chapter to complex and realistic scenarios that provide students an opportunity to bring to bear what they have learned throughout the semester to solve challenging legal and strategic problems. New materials in the second edition ensure that students will become familiar with the latest trends in land use law.

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Taxing the Church

Religion, Exemptions, Entanglement, and the Constitution

Edward A. Zelinsky

  • Explores the taxation and exemption of churches and other religious institutions, both empirically and normatively
  • Reveals that churches and other religious institutions are treated diversely by the federal and state tax systems
  • Focuses on church-state entanglements with respect to taxing or exempting churches and other sectarian entities
  • Discusses improvements that can be made in legal and tax policy trade-offs, such as the protection of internal church communications and the expansion of the churches' sales tax liabilities
  • A clear, balanced, and comprehensive treatment of the topic that is broadly accessible to tax policymakers, lawyers, nonlawyers, judges, tax specialists, and even those with no background in the subject

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