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Heilman, Samuel C.

Works: 41 works in 207 publications in 1 language and 8,799 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  History  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biography  Ethnographic films  Conference papers and proceedings  Religious films 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Publications about Samuel C Heilman
Publications by Samuel C Heilman
Most widely held works about Samuel C Heilman
Most widely held works by Samuel C Heilman
Synagogue life : a study in symbolic interaction by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
28 editions published between 1976 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 858 libraries worldwide
"Via a participant-observer approach, Synagogue Life analyzes the three essential dimensions of synagogue life: the houses of prayer, study, and assembly. In each Heilman documents the rich detail of the synagogue experience while articulating the social and cultural drama inherent in them. He illustrates how people come to the synagogue not only for spiritual purposes but also to find out where and how they fit into life in the neighborhood in which they share. In his new introduction, Heilman discusses what led him to write this book and the process of personal transformation through which he, as an Orthodox Jew, had to go in order to turn a disciplined eye on the world from which he came. Rather than using the stranger-as-native approach of classic anthropology, he had instead to begin as a native who discoverd how to look at a once-taken-for-granted synagogue life like a stranger. In the afterword, arguing for the efficacy of this approach, Heilman offers guidance on how natives can use their special familiarity and still be trained to distance themselves from their own group, making use of the disciplines of sociology and anthropology. Synagogue Life offers a fascinating portrait that has something to say to social scientists as well as all those curious about what happens in the main arena of Orthodox Jewish community life."--Provided by publisher
Defenders of the faith : inside ultra-Orthodox Jewry by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
19 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and held by 642 libraries worldwide
The people of the book : drama, fellowship, and religion by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
24 editions published between 1983 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 579 libraries worldwide
"Judaism has long derived its identity from its sacred books. The book or scroll--rather than the image or idol--has been emblematic of Jewish faith and tradition. The People of the Book presents a study of a group of Orthodox Jews, all of whom live in the modern world, engaged in the time-honored practice of lernen, the repeated review and ritualized study of the sacred texts. In preserving one of the activities of Jewish life, Samuel C. Heilman argues, these are the genuine -People of the Book.- For two years, Heilman participated in and observed five study circles in New York and Jerusalem engaged in the avocation of lernen the Talmud, the great corpus of Jewish law, lore, and tradition. These groups, made up of men who felt the ritualized study of sacred texts to be not only a religious obligation but also an appealing way to spend their evenings, weekends, and holidays, assembled together under the guidance of a teacher to review the holy books of their people. Having become part of this world, the author is able to provide first-hand observation of the workings of the study circle. Heilman's study moves beyond the merely descriptive into an analysis of the nature and meaning of activity he observed. To explain the character and appeal of the study groups, he employs three concepts: drama, fellowship, and religion. Inherent to the life of the study circle are various sorts of drama: -social dramas- playing out social relationships, -cultural performances- reenacting the Jewish world view, and -interactional dramas- and -word plays- involving the intricacies of the recitation and translation process. This book will be of interest to anthropologists and those interested in the academic study of religion."--Provided by publisher
Portrait of American Jews : the last half of the 20th century by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
18 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 524 libraries worldwide
The second half of the twenthieth century has been a time when American Jews have experienced a minimum of prejudice and almost all domains of life have been accessible to them, but it has also been a time of assimilation, of swelling rates of inter-marriage, and of large numbers ignoring their Jewishness completely. Jews have no trouble building synagogues, but they have all sorts of trouble filling them. The quality of Jewish education is perhapes higher than ever before, and the output of Jewish scholarship is overwhelming in its scope and quality, but most American Jews receive a minimum of religious education and can neither read nor comprehend the great corpus of Jewish literature in its Hebrew (or Aramaic) original. This is a time in America when there is no shame in being a Jew, and yet fewer American Jews seem to know what being a Jew means. This book is part of a stocktaking that has been occurring among Jews as the century in which their residence in America was firmly established comes to an end. Grounded in empirical detail, it provides a concise yet analytic evaluation of the meaning of the many studies and surveys of the last four and a half decades. All those who want to know what it means and has meant to be an American Jew will find this volume of interest
When a Jew dies : the ethnography of a bereaved son by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 509 libraries worldwide
"Samuel Heilman's eloquent account of the traditional customs that are put into practice when a Jewish person dies provides both an informative anthropological perspective on Jewish rites of mourning and a moving chronicle of the loss of his own father. This unique narrative crosses and recrosses the boundary between the academic and the religious, the personal and the general, reflecting Heilman's changing roles as social scientist, bereaved son, and observant Jew. Not only describing but explaining the cultural meaning behind Jewish practices and traditions, this extraordinary book shows what is particular and what is universal about Jewish experiences of death, bereavement, mourning, and their aftermath."--Jacket
The Rebbe : the life and afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
15 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 455 libraries worldwide
A biography of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson that discusses his childhood in Russia, education in Germany and Paris, messianic conviction, religious leadership, legacy, and other related topics
Cosmopolitans & parochials : modern Orthodox Jews in America by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
6 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 389 libraries worldwide
Sliding to the right : the contest for the future of American Jewish Orthodoxy by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 368 libraries worldwide
Offering a snapshot of Orthodoxy Jewry in the United States, this book asks how the community has evolved in the years since World War II, and where it is headed. Incorporating everyday life, observations of cultural practices, descriptions of educational institutions, and more, it presents the varieties of Jewish Orthodox groups
A Life Apart : Hasidism in America ( visu )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 323 libraries worldwide
A life apart relates the story of the creation of the Hasidic post-Holocaust communities in the United States. Seven years in the making, this documentary explores Hasidic homes, schools, and ceremonies
Death, bereavement, and mourning by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 209 libraries worldwide
"An encounter with the death of another is often an occasion when the bereaved need to be sustained in their loss, relieved of the anxiety that the meeting with death engenders, and comforted in their grief. It is a time when those left behind often seek to redress wrongs in themselves or in the relationships that death has shaken and upset. In both collective and individual responses to the trauma of encountering death, we witness efforts to counter the misfortune and to explain the meaning of the loss, to turn memory into blessing, to reconcile life with death, to regenerate life, and redeem both the bereaved and the dead.Sometimes loss may transform the bereaved in ways that lead to growth and maturity; other times a loss leads to unremitting anger or melancholia. There may be a variety of spiritual expressions that the bereaved experience in their time of loss, but there appears to be some common elements in all of them. Overtime, survivors' feelings are transformed into growing exploration of the spiritual, a profound sense of rebirth, newfound feelings of self-mastery or confidence, and a deeply held conviction that "life goes on."The contributions to this volume are based on a conference held in New York on the first anniversary of September 11, 2001. Contributors include Peter Metcalf, Robert Jay Lifton, Ilana Harlow, Robert A. Neimeyer, Samuel Heilman, and Neil Gillman. This sensitive and heartfelt volume relates specifically to issues of death, bereavement, and mourning in the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center, but the applications to other individual and catastrophic events is obvious. The contributions do not simply explore how people deal with bereavement or are psychologically affected by extreme grief: they address how people can try to find meaning in tragedy and loss, and strive to help restore order in the wake of chaos. The multidisciplinary perspectives include those of anthropology, psychology, theology, social work, and art."--Provided by publisher
Hasidism : a new history by David Biale( Book )
6 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 190 libraries worldwide
This is the first comprehensive history of the pietistic movement that shaped modern Judaism. The book's unique blend of intellectual, religious, and social history offers perspectives on the movement's leaders as well as its followers, and demonstrates that, far from being a throwback to the Middle Ages, Hasidism is a product of modernity that forged its identity as a radical alternative to the secular world. Hasidism originated in southeastern Poland, in mystical circles centered on the figure of Israel Baal Shem Tov, but it was only after his death in 1760 that a movement began to spread. Challenging the notion that Hasidism ceased to be a creative movement after the eighteenth century, this book argues that its first golden age was in the nineteenth century, when it conquered new territory, won a mass following, and became a mainstay of Jewish Orthodoxy. World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the Holocaust decimated eastern European Hasidism. But following World War II, the movement enjoyed a second golden age, growing exponentially. Today, it is witnessing a remarkable renaissance in Israel, the United States, and other countries around the world. Written by an international team of scholars, Hasidism is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand this vibrant and influential modern Jewish movement
Who will lead us? : the story of five Hasidic dynasties in America by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 114 libraries worldwide
"Hasidism, a movement many believed had passed its golden age, has had an extraordinary revival since its near decimation in the Holocaust and Soviet communism. These Hasidim, now settled primarily in North America and Israel have reversed the losses they suffered and rebuilt their communities. The once unimaginable is today routine. Hasidism is alive and growing. How? "Who Will Lead Us?" is the story of five contemporary Hasidic dynasties and how they have handled the delicate issue of leadership and succession. It explores two groups with too few successors, two with too many successors, and one that claims there is no need for a successor, as they claim their leader never died"--Provided by publisher
Jewish unity and diversity : a survey of American rabbis and rabbinical students by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
Inside the Jewish school : a study of the cultural setting for Jewish education by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
The Haredim in Israel : who are they and what do they want? by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
The gate behind the wall : a pilgrimage to Jerusalem by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
7 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
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Kehillat Kodesh : deciphering a modern orthodox Jewish synagogue by Samuel C Heilman( Archival Material )
3 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
The Rebbe The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson by Menachem Friedman( file )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
The Jewish family today : an overview by Samuel C Heilman( Book )
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
The Israel experience : studies in Jewish identity and youth culture by Harvey E Goldberg( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Heilman, Samuel.
Heilman, Samuel 1946-
Heilman, Samuel C. 1946-
Samuel Heilman American sociologist
Samuel Heilman sociólogo estadounidense
הילמן, שמואל
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