H-JewishRhetorics is the scholarly network for Klal Rhetorica, a community of scholars working in the overlapping areas of Rhetoric and Jewish Studies.

Below you will find the latest books published in Jewish Studies, including new titles streaming from the H-Net Book Channel and new book announcements posted to H-JewishRhetorics. You will also find announcements and discussion shared among subscribers to H-JewishRhetorics. Pertinent CFPs can be found in a link on the right hand side of the page.

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Recent posts


The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Kentucky invites entries for the annual Mark and Ruth Luckens Essay Competition in Jewish Thought and Culture.  The Luckens Prize is awarded to the best unpublished original essay that is also suitable for oral presentation to a general audience and is w

CFP: The Novels of Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel has long been a pivotal figure in Holocaust discourse. His book Night was one of the earliest works by a survivor and continues to be a significant point of reference in Holocaust literature. He went on to become an incredibly prolific writer, working in a range of genres. His death in July 2016 invites examination of what form his literary, political, and cultural legacy will take.

Rhetoric and the Ramchal

Possibly of interest to the list: I recently came across a bibliography of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, the Ramchal (an eighteenth-century Italian rabbi). Luzzatto has many interesting connections to rhetoric; not only did he compose a Hebrew grammar (Leshon Limudim), he claims to have received kabbalistic wisdom revealed to him in speeches from an angelic maggid. Apparently, Luzzatto maintained his mystical writings and voluminous commentaries on the Zohar were dictated to him by an angel, a rather unpopular claim in the aftermath of Shabbatai Zevi's pseudo-messianism.

New Books in Jewish Studies

New Book - The unique judicial vision of Rabbi Meir Simcha of Dvinsk: selected discourses in Meshekh Hokhmah and Or Sameah

Author: Yitshak Cohen
Title: The unique judicial vision of Rabbi Meir Simcha of Dvinsk: selected discourses in Meshekh Hokhmah and Or Sameah
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Publication Date: 2016-08-18
ISBN: 9781618114891 Hardback   (English)