Book Announcement: Seeking God in the Works of T. S. Eliot and Michelangelo

Seeking God in the Works of T. S. Eliot and Michelangelo now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443843904
Hardback, pp297, £52.99 / $90.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Seeking God in the Works of T. S. Eliot and Michelangelo by Harry Eiss.

Do I dare disturb the universe? It is a question recognized by people around the world. If typed into the internet, hundreds of examples appear. Many know that it comes from one of the best known poems of the twentieth century, T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. What many do not know is that Eliot dramatically shifted his views at the height of his fame for writing such dark poetry as this and his also famous The Wasteland, becoming a sincere, devoted Christian. While his poetry is famous because it expresses the loss of a spiritual center in European civilization, a careful reading of it reveals that he was struggling with his Christianity from the beginning, not rejecting it, but trying to make it fit into the contemporary world. If a reader works through his love song for all of the esoteric meanings, as he demands, it quickly becomes evident that he intended it as a struggle between agape, amour and eros. Beginning it with a quote from Dante forces that into place. Though the protestant forms of Christianity have changed their views on these, the Roman Catholic holds fast. Continue reading

Book Review: Dicing with Paradise: Gambol or Gamble

I have known many who have grown up in assimilated Jewish families where a convoluted kind of subterranean self-hate flows uninterruptedly, the internalization of anti-Semitism denied. The sense of illusion pervades the psychological world of these families. When I read Norman Simms’ newest book Jews in an Illusion of Paradise, I sensed how thoroughly he had captured the notion and slippery functioning of delusional anti-Semitic thinking through excavating the unconscious’ seemingly marginalia, which is not marginal nor trivial at all.  The articulating gestures, images, comments, slips of the tongue point to the heart of the problem, which persists as denied terror and dread of death yet left untreated and intervened leads to death.

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Book Announcement: Holocaust Resistance in Europe and America: New Aspects and Dilemmas

Holocaust Resistance in Europe and America: New Aspects and Dilemmas now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443844987
Hardback, pp225, £52.99 / $90.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Holocaust Resistance in Europe and America: New Aspects and Dilemmas, edited by Victoria Khiterer with Abigail S Gruber.

This book brings together eleven essays that analyze different aspects of resistance to the Holocaust, which took many forms: armed and passive resistance, uprisings in ghettos and concentration camps, partisan and underground movements, the rescue of Jews, spiritual resistance, and preservation of Jewish artifacts and memories. Jewish resistance to the Holocaust faced numerous obstacles and difficulties. In many cases, resistance fighters risked not only their own lives, but also the lives of others. As such, there was a serious dilemma over whether to resist and over what methods of resistance should be used, because armed resistance could further harm the civilian population. The effort to resist was not in vain, however, regardless of whether the resistance participants survived or perished. To these fighters, resistance was seen as a moral victory over the Nazi regime. Continue reading

Book Announcement: International Law and the Use of Force against Terrorism

International Law and the Use of Force against Terrorism now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443839174
Hardback, pp370, £74.99 / $127.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of International Law and the Use of Force against Terrorism by Dr. Shadi Adnan Alshdaifat.

As shown in the case of Attila the Hun, and his thirst for power, property, and personal prestige, nation states throughout the world, particularly in Asia and Europe, have, since ancient times, been vulnerable to invasion by other nation states and bands of looters from outside their borders. Terrorism’s progress into the modern day has caused extreme concern among members of the international community, who now accept that it is like a cancer that refuses to localize itself within any single organ of the body, but seeks to spread its lethality throughout, even if that means destroying itself along with the host. The fight against terrorism is long and complex, but the end is known in advance. Terrorists are defending a lost cause, and their defeat is inevitable, and democracy, freedom, and diplomacy will triumph. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Jews in an Illusion of Paradise: Dust and Ashes Volume One—Comedians and Catastrophes

Jews in an Illusion of Paradise: Dust and Ashes Volume One—Comedians and Catastrophes now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443817301
Hardback, pp410, £63.99 / $108.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Jews in an Illusion of Paradise: Dust and Ashes Volume One—Comedians and Catastrophes by Norman Simms.

The focus of this volume is on essential themes, images and generic patterns, beginning with a Talmudic legend about four scholars. They, by means of daring mystical interpretations of Scripture, entered a Paradise, representing different means of imaginative reading, perception, memory and application of the law. One of them died, one went mad, another became a heretic and the other came back as a traditional exegete and teacher.
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The Becoming Jewish exchange, part 2: ‘Non-Jews are already transforming the Jewish world’

Dr. Netanel Fisher is a visiting scholar at the Kohelet Forum and at the  Israel’s Open University. Dr. Fisher holds a PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has served as  an adjunct scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and at Hebrew University and as an Associate Researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute.

This exchange focuses on Becoming Jewish, a new book edited by Dr. Fisher and Professor Tudor Parfitt (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). In the next installments we will also be speaking to Professor Parfitt. Part 1 can be found here.

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The Becoming Jewish exchange, part 1: Is a global conversion phenomenon changing the Jewish people?

Dr. Netanel Fisher is a visiting scholar at the Kohelet Forum and at the  Israel’s Open University. Dr. Fisher holds a PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has served as  an adjunct scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and at Hebrew University and as an Associate Researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute. This exchange focuses on Becoming Jewish, a new book edited by Dr. Fisher and Professor Tudor Parfitt (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). In the next installments we will also be speaking to Professor Parfitt.

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