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Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge,
Monograph No. 29
According to conventional thought, the pursuit of happiness hardly
seems like one of the major tenets of the religion. This book argues
to the contrary. Not only did Jewish thinkers not disregard the
concept of happiness. They devoted considerable attention to it.
Tirosh-Samuelson shows how Aristotle's reflections on happiness
were very much a part of rabbinic thought and how Jewish philosophers
in the Hellenistic period read the Jewish Scriptures in light of
the Greek conception of happiness. The fusion of Greek and Judaic
perspectives reached its zenith during the Middle Ages, especially
in the works of Moses Maimonides. Tirosh-Samuelon shows how even
the controversies that arose regarding Maimonides' ideas can be
viewed as discussions of the relationship of virtue to knowledge.
Much of this book, then, concerns the reception of Aristotle's Ethics
in medieval Jewish philosophy.
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is Associate Professor of History at Arizona
"Loosen the Fetters of Thy Tongue, Woman" A
Study of the Poetry and Poetics of Yona Wallach
Zafrira Lidovsky Cohen
Monograph No. 30
Known for its "unique combination of elements of rock and
roll, Jungian psychology and street slang, break-neck pace and insistent
sexuality," as one critic described it, the work of maverick
Israeli poet Yona Wallach (1944-1985) epitomizes the literary climate
of her time. Influenced by the poetic revolution in Israel during
the 1950s, this body of poetry reflects the cultural crises that
rocked the academic world in the 1960s and the intellectual battles
many artists fought with the "prison-house" of semiotic
systems in which the human mind, they felt, was entrapped.
Zafrira Lidovsky Cohen describes Wallach's unconventional lifestyle,
traces her poetic corpus, and surveys her critical reputation. Then,
drawing on her own rich and varied background in Bible, mythology,
Hebrew language, and Poststructuralist and Postmodernist literary
and linguistic theory, Cohen translates and interprets representative
examples of Wallach's oeuvre.
Zafrira Lidovsky Cohen is Associate Professor of Hebrew at Stern
College for Women of Yeshiva University in New York.