Rancorous and highly public disagreements between Isaiah Berlin and Isaac Deutscher escalated to the point of cruel betrayal in the mid-1960s, yet surprisingly the details of the episode have escaped historians’ scrutiny. In this gripping account of the ideological clash between two of the most influential scholars of Cold War politics, David Caute uncovers a hidden story of passionate beliefs, unresolved antagonism, and the high cost of reprisal to both victim and perpetrator. Though Deutscher (1907–1967) and Berlin (1909–1997) had much in common—each arrived in England in flight from totalitarian violence, quickly mastered English, and found entry into the Anglo-American intellectual world of the 1950s—Berlin became one of the presiding voices of Anglo-American liberalism, while Deutscher remained faithful to his Leninist heritage, resolutely defending Soviet conduct despite his rejection of Stalin’s tyranny. Caute combines vivid biographical detail with an acute analysis of the issues that divided these two icons of Cold War politics, and brings to light for the first time the full severity of Berlin’s action against Deutscher.
Release on 2012-02-24 | by Herbert Hauptman,Arthur Ziffer
A Play in Ten Scenes
Author: Herbert Hauptman,Arthur Ziffer
Pubpsher: Author House
The play Isaac and Amanda is among other things a love story about Isaac Newton and a woman named Amanda. It also contains material about the conflicts that Newton had with the scientist Robert Hooke and the mathematician Leibniz. The latter conflict deals with the issue of who should receive credit for the discovery of Calculus. Furthermore, it deals with that period of Newtons life when he was an official in the Mint (the equivalent in the United States of the Treasury Department) trying to solve Britains currency problems and his difficulties with the master counterfeiter Challoner and especially Challoners wife. Finally, it brings up the issue of Newtons year when he was so depressed that some people say he had a nervous breakdown. Some of the material in Isaac and Amanda is to be found in the play On the Shoulders of Giants, written by the same authors.
After Abraham, the next two patriarchs of the children of Israel are Isaac and Jacob. Isaac was got by Abraham after many years of barrenness which was experienced by Sarah. Isaac was got by him when, naturally, it was impossible for Sarah to be pregnant. When Abraham had got Ishmael by Hagar, Sarah’s maidservant, and thought that Ishmael would be his heir, God let him know that his heir, Isaac, was yet to come; and Isaac was born. Later in his life, Isaac called Jacob (his son) and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: “...May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may be an assembly of peoples; and give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.”
The biblical author had to demonstrate that the founding fathers of the model civilization-envisioned in Mosaic legislation intended as a model for emulation by other peoples and nations-were recognizably human-flawed as all humans are. One can empathize with Isaac or Jacob who are seen to be human with their faults and frailties-which one cannot do with a superhuman being. These stories illustrate dramatically there are no characters of mythic proportions, no superheroes, only normal people living in dysfunctional families, erring, doing acts that are occasionally senseless, and often embarrassing. Yet, these same people passed on an intellectual and spiritual heritage that will ultimately find full expression in the teachings found in the remaining books of the Pentateuch.The Ordeals of Isaac and Jacob focuses on what the biblical texts are telling us-explicitly and implicitly-about these men, the world in which they lived, and how they managed to preserve the covenantal heritage left to them by Abraham. Since biblical texts are not as clear as one might imagine, scholars have struggled for two millennia to comprehend what the texts are actually stating and attempting to convey to the reader. In re-examining these Texts, the author has consulted a wide range of commentaries and studies which approach the biblical narratives from a variety of perspectives, and offers some novel insights of his own.
Mystery! Where? Small Ukrainian village and Paris, New York, South Africa. Who? A lovely Ukrainian girl and brilliant computer whiz-kid from New York. Her wise backwoods grandpa, Gritzko, measured wits with the kid's billionaire grandpa, Finkelstein. Diamonds are Finkelstein’s business. Hassidic is his mindset. Presidents and Prime Ministers, Saudi princes, European aristocrats, and African tycoons are his friends. More! The State Security Service of Ukraine and the Ukrainian mafia are also involved in this love story! Of course! Can something take place without them? Main thing - all of them will be captured by Miracle. Why? Because of Shpoler Zeyde. Who is it? Tsadik! What is it? Kabbalah.
Release on 2012-02-01 | by Aharon (Ronald E.) Agus
Law, Martyrdom, and Deliverance in Early Rabbinic Religiosity
Author: Aharon (Ronald E.) Agus
Pubpsher: SUNY Press
The author provides an interpretation of the words of Jews living during the intertestamental period and through the third century, including several hassidim. A hermeneutics grounded in the perception of early Rabbinic texts as sharing in events rather than as linguistically autonomous is used. The phenomenology of Jewish martyrdom is read as an acting-out of the Binding of Isaac. The search leads into the question of the bindingness of the La. The The religious souls passion for the revelation of Law is followed out in its path of temptation to martyrdom. A grand drama of sacrifice and messianic yearnings is thereby unearthed.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob brings readers on a surprising journey from the dawn of divine-human communion to the present, showing how this mysterious, ongoing relationship holds the keys to true worship. Laying a new foundation for understanding worship, the book makes a compelling case for distinguishing the church's practices from those of the world. Recognizing the holiness of worship, the author observes that music itself, apart from language, conveys its own theological meaning; that, similar to Scripture, there is an evolving canon of sacred music; and that, to mitigate idolatry, the spirit of worship must be tested to ensure that it addresses the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. When this timeless liturgical journey with God is honored with vital commitment, worship will be compelling and transfiguring to all people, at all levels of religious experience.