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By Judith Z. Abrams

ISBN-10: 0765760479

ISBN-13: 9780765760470

In A Beginner's consultant to The Steinsaltz Talmud, Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams selects a desirable and provocative part from the Talmud and is helping scholars to harvest the substantial rewards that may be accomplished while one encounters Rabbi Steinsaltz's historical, ground-breaking work.

With the e-book of The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition, it really is now attainable for the trendy reader to review Judaism's nice compendium of Jewish legislation and legend for the 1st time. The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition is greater than only a translation. Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz turns into our own teacher, guiding us throughout the complicated paths of talmudic common sense and idea.

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He initially constructed anti-Semitism as a primitive form of anti-capitalism which he argued should be opposed not on grounds of principle, but rather because it hindered the growth of class struggle and the socialist movement (Cesarani, 2004; Silberner, 1949b). Anti-Semitism was particularly prevalent in the early Russian socialist movement. The Russian socialists tended to stereotype Jews as a class of parasites who were responsible for oppressing and exploiting the peasants, and made no distinction between rich Jews and poor Jews.

In addition, Jews often suffered under communist regimes, which eliminated traditional Jewish religious, cultural and Zionist institutions, and nationalized Jewish-owned businesses. As we will note in Chapter 2, many Jews were adversely affected by the Bolshevik revolution, the later communist take-over of Eastern Europe, and the various Stalinist purges of communist activists in the 1930s and 1950s. For example, about half the Jews of Russia were labelled as lishentsy or disenfranchised citizens by the 1918 Communist Constitution, owing to allegedly being members of the non-productive and exploiting middle class.

And he associated Jewish financiers with capitalism arguing that ‘We find 40 Jews and the Left every tyrant backed by a Jew as is every Pope by a Jesuit’ (Chaloner and Henderson, 1984, pp. 18–20). In addition, his equation of all Jews with financial power and moneymaking ignored the fact that most Jews were not engaged in usurious or speculative activities. In fact, a large number of Jews at that time were living in significant poverty. Furthermore, Marx surprisingly did not recognize or affirm the beginnings of prominent Jewish working-class and socialist movements (Kessler, 2005; Levin, 1977; Silberner, 1949a).

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