Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites Its History - Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (Hardback)Marc B. Shapiro (author)
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Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 33 mm
- Randall C. Belinfante, Association for Jewish Libraries Reviews
`Shapiro's scholarship has been so important, in part because of Orthodoxy's own success at covering up inconvenient aspects of its past.'
- Ezra Glinter, Forward (also published in Haaretz)
`Most impressive for its command of so many textual genres and overall breadth of knowledge. His examination of texts leaves no Judaica library's stack untouched . . . a welcome and substantial contribution to the anthropological study of contemporary Orthodox life . . . an essential work as historians continue to probe how Orthodox Judaism differed in specific epochs and locations.'
- Zef Eleff, H-Judaic
`An encyclopedic discussion of the complex evolutionary processes involved in creating and shaping Jewish tradition . . . The book is a cri de coeur, suggesting that truth should be a timeless commodity. Yet, the nook has another, larger meaning. It outlines how Jewish tradition, a highly decentralized and in a modest way, a plastic entity, is shaped and changed.'
- Susan M. Chambre, Jewish Book Council Reviews
`Another significant achievement for Professor Shapiro . . . a fascinating-and for Shapiro, typically exhaustive-presentation of literary, photographic, and political examples of self-censorship within the Orthodox world . . . his work is unique in that it offers a comprehensive, structured compilation of examples side-by-side with an evaluation of the underlying motivations . . . a fascinating and readable work, a touch polemical in places, yet a worthy addition to a modern Jewish library.'
- Harvey Belovski, Jewish Chronicle
`I can attest to the rigour and transparency of his scholarship. With his most recent work Changing the Immutable, he has once again rocked the Jewish community with his erudition and brilliant scholarship . . . [he] explores with impeccable details twentieth-century attempts by some parts of the ultra-Orthodox world to re-shape history to fit their own religious ideologies . . . a must read for all who want to understand how the current "slide to the right" is radically reforming Judaism to fit within the cacophonous landscape of contemporary values . . . Shapiro has given readers a snapshot for understanding the Orthodox world of today, allowing them to grapple with a problem that is long overdue and urgently needs to be addressed.'
- Shmuly Yanklowitz, Jewish Journal
`One of the most popular and controversial writers in the Modern Orthodox world today, most famous perhaps for publicizing little-known-and often radical-positions in Jewish law and thought.'
- Elliott Resnick, Jewish Press
- Mitchell Abidor, Jewish Currents
`Remarkably erudite . . . fascinating and remarkably learned.'
- Allan Nadler, Jewish Review of Books
`I've been eagerly awaiting this book for years. Surely it is the most anticipated Jewish book of 2015 . . . It is chock-filled with examples, illustrations, and interesting ideas. There's not an unnecessary word. It has the high quality that you would expect from American Judaism's premier intellectual. I feel great joy in engaging with a work that stimulates both my love of Torah and my love of truth.'
- Luke Ford
`Professor Shapiro is a precise, knowledgeable, and sometimes unconventional scholar. He attempts to demonstrate and to analyse how God-fearing writers and printers through the ages . . . "correct" texts or historical accounts so as to present them as they should have been rather than as they actually were . . . The bibliography and extensive indexes cover scores of pages. Professor Shapiro's diligence has produced most interesting and praiseworthy results.'
`The outstanding product of a master of rabbinic literature and an extraordinarily sharp-eyed and meticulous scholar. The book should be accessible to the widest possible readership, including traditionalists.'
- Adam Ferziger, Marginalia: Los Angeles Review of Books
`An impressive work of detailed and seminal scholarship . . . a major contribution to Judaic studies and is highly recommended to as a critically important addition to synagogue and academic reference collections and supplemental reading lists.'
- Micah Andrew, Midwest Book Review
`Thorough, comprehensive, based on the painstaking examination and comparison of primary sources, Changing the Immutable is an impressive feat of scholarship.'
- Andrew Koss, Mosaic
`An outstanding work'
- Fred Reiss, San Diego Jewish World
`Fascinating . . . meticulous.'
- Jack Riemer, South Florida Jewish Journal
`Fascinating and well researched.'
- Ben Rothke, Times of Israel
M. Shapiro provides in the last chapter a remarkable
glossary of well-known and less well known references that illustrate that
serve as a base to a philosophical reflection yet to come.
- Jean-Pierre Rothschild, Revue des etudes juives
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