The Jewish Political Tradition: Membership

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Michael Walzer, Menachem Lorberbaum, Ari Ackerman, Noam J. Zohar
Yale University Press, May 1, 2006 - History - 622 pages
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“The series to which this book belongs is unprecedented. . . . Every one of the chapters enacts a debate that should have a living resonance, not just for Jews, although obviously for them, but for everyone with a historical sense and a political conscience.”—Hilary Putnam, Boston Review
 “A vast and important resource which will be consulted for years to come by all interested in any aspect of Judaism and Jewish history.”—Ira Robinson, Journal of Religion & Culture (praise for the series)

  

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Contents

Introduction
11
The Meaning of Election
16
Medieval Models
29
Religion and Nationalism
34
Commitment unto Death
82
Social Hierarchy
108
Introduction
109
WellBorn and IllBorn
113
Introduction
314
Internal Enemies
320
Sinners and Apostates
332
Rabbanite Attitudes Toward Karaites
344
Dogmatism and Heresy
360
Denominational Judaism
374
Secularization and Nationalism
397
The Boundaries of the NationState
424

Priests and Laity
124
Hakham and Am haAretz
131
Gender Hierarchy
150
Introduction
152
Classical Constructions
157
In Law and Ritual
169
In Torah Study
179
In Public Roles
197
Converts
231
Introduction
233
Joining the Nation
238
Rabbinic Attitudes
246
The Procedure and Its Meaning
249
Converts Status
263
Conversion for Marriage in Modern Times
277
Acquiring Citizenship in Israel
294
Heretics and Apostates
310
Gentiles
441
Introduction
445
From Adam and Eve to the Noahides
451
The Heathen Nations
471
Resident Gentiles
484
Righteous Gentiles
490
Moral Coexistence
500
Jewish Citizens of Gentile States
514
Gentile Citizens of a Jewish State
522
Glossary of Names
563
Glossary of Terms
585
Commentators
597
Index of Biblical and Rabbinic Sources
599
Index of Names
609
General Index
615
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Michael Walzer is UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Menachem Lorberbaum is senior lecturer in the department of Jewish philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Noam J. Zohar is senior lecturer in the department of philosophy at Bar Ilan University. Ari Ackerman is lecturer in the school of education at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. All four editors are research fellows at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

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