02-03-2008 05:20 PM - edited 02-14-2008 09:48 PM
Message Edited by Rahel on 02-14-2008 09:48 PM
02-04-2008 03:22 PM
P.S. Here is a rather interesting site about the Jewish people in Louisiana.
Although since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Jewish population in New Orleans (like all the rest) is decidedly decreased.
02-04-2008 10:22 PM
Thanks for posting that article about Jews in Louisiana -- I never would have thought to describe Yiddish as a Creolized blend, but it's a great way to explain it. And Judah P. Benjamin of the Confederacy is mentioned in our book -- he was a member of the same social club as Emma Lazarus's father.
We look forward to hearing more from you and our other readers.
Thanks for posting!
02-05-2008 08:17 PM
Let's gear up for a great discussion.
02-06-2008 09:31 PM
I think you'll find that these questions were before Emma Lazarus too; she wrote the sonnet, in part, to try to resolve some of her own conflicts about Jewish immigrants from E. Europe. And she was, elsewhere, very frank about her ambivalence. I think her frankness made it possible for her to reckon with herself, to bring herself to a more exacting ethical standard.
Learn more about Emma Lazarus.
02-08-2008 10:27 AM
Hello, Jewish Encounters readers.
I hope your New Year is off to a good start. I just wanted to remind everyone that we've just begun a discussion of Dr. Sherwin Nuland's fascinating biography of Maimonides. It's a great read, and very accessible, with lots to offer readers no matter your previous background in the topic. So do check it out!
Hope to hear from you soon
Hello! My name is Carol and I am very interested in your opinion. I am interested in learning more about Jewish culture and lifestyle. Can you recommend a book that would give me general information and be a good starting point for my research in Judaism? Thank you so much!
01-01-2008 10:13 AM
We are so lucky to have Dr. Sherwin Nuland with us this month to discuss his biography of that most famous of Jewish doctors, Maimonides.
Introduce yourself, and share with us what brings you to the conversation. Is it an interest in medicine, in Jewish and Aristotelian philosophy, in Jewish life in medieval Spain, North Africa, and Egypt? Have you had previous encounters with Maimonides and are looking to learn more, or is this your first dive into the waters of his life and work? Whatever your interest, we are looking forward to your comments and excited for the conversation to begin.
As always, consider the Jewish Encounters Board your home for discussions of anything in Jewish life, culture, and ideas that you'd like to chat about. Mention it in the Community Conversation thread, or feel free to start a thread of your own.
Hope to hear from you soon!
01-14-2008 12:04 PM
01-15-2008 10:34 AM
I am still digesting the contents and trying to grasp the deep insights of Maimonides. I have always wondered what medical people thought of the practice of medicine back in Maimonides days. The author does give us some of his feelings especially about the practice of bedside manners in the practical aspects of medicine.
Great to have you back. I hope we'll be welcoming more readers soon. And please, share your thoughts and questions about Maimonides -- the contemporary medical view of Maimonides is certainly one of the great things that this book offers, among many other insights.
Talk to you soon!
02-02-2008 10:06 AM
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08-31-2007 12:10 PM
I joined this group because I am interested in the Bible as literature. I took a course in it last summer at what was then called Barnes and Noble University. I'm also interested in examining the Bible as a way to understand how our ancestors viewed the world and as a way of understanding we modern people are still attracted to this ancient collection of myth, history, and moral instruction.
I've read the first few chapters of Robert Pinsky's book but quickly realized that I should read the original first (Samuel and Kings). I hope I can get through both in time to keep up with the discussion.
09-01-2007 04:30 AM
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09-02-2007 12:28 PM
This morning, meaning late last night, I began reading The Life of David, and I guess I'd better read Robert Alter's book too. I love the sounds of words, especially old words, and both Alter and Pinsky bring sound and meaning to the words they choose.
I am looking forward to an interesting discussion, and want to thank Robert Pinsky and our hosts at B&N for providing us with this opportunity.
09-02-2007 10:51 PM
09-03-2007 02:13 PM
I have read Samuel I and II as well as early Kings. I am very grateful to Prof. Pinsky for his contribution. It has added dimension to my thinking about the David story that hadn't been there for me before. I have some thoughts about the other narratives that make up these texts and looking forward to hearing other people's ideas about them.
09-12-2007 12:04 PM
I'm not only interested in the Bible as literature, but I'm a Christian that is always looking to learn and understand more of the Bible.
I've always found the Old Testament very difficult to read (compared to the New Testament). So, I'm hoping to learn more of one of the most famous Old Testament people.
This book will be at my back door when I get home from work tonight, so I can't wait to sit down and start reading. I've enjoyed the posts so far - Marcia and Rahel, you're both so knowledgable.
09-12-2007 12:38 PM
It will be good to have a fresh perspective. I found it helpful to read Samuel I, Samuel II and the first 2 (or 3) chapters of Kings before I jumped into Robert's book. I wasn't especially knowledgeable until I did that.