Studies in Contemporary Jewry presents new approaches to the scholarly work of the latest generation of researchers working on Jewish history, sociology, demography, political science, and culture. Pinterest Twitter Facebook. Du kanske gillar. Dark Times, Dire Decisions. Jews, Catholics, and the Burden of History. The Social Scientific Study of Jewry. EDT Cohen. Volume XXIX of Studies in Contemporary Jewry provides a nuanced account of the history and development of Jewish humor, while also making a case for the importance of humor in studying any culture.
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Toggle navigation. New to eBooks. Studies In Contemporary Jewry Series. Filter Results. Last 30 days Last 90 days All time. English Only. All PDF Epub. Add to Cart Add to Cart. Jewish ceremonies thus provide a religious experience but frustrate fetishism. Throughout the book, Freudenthal fruitfully contrasts Mendelssohns views on religion and philosophy with those of his contemporary critic and opponent, Salomon Maimon. De meeste in dit boek bijeengebrachte columns zijn geschreven voor Crescas, het instituut voor Joods onderwijs aan volwassenen. Een groot aantal Joodse schrijvers passeert de revue.
Het zijn vrijwel allemaal schrijvers die meenden al enige afstand te hebben genomen van de traditie van hun voorvaders maar bemerkten dat het Jodendom hen niet losliet. Als Joden wilden zij volwaardig deelnemen aan een samenleving die dat vaak niet toestond. Met de nationaalsocialisten aan de macht werden zij hardhandig als Jood bestempeld. Al zei Kertesz nadrukkelijk ook: 'Mijn Joodse identiteit is veel te interessant of te belangrijk om te worden gezien in de lichtbreking van de krankzinnige waan die antisemitisme heet'.
Wat het Jodendom voor die schrijvers betekent, in hun leven en in hun werk, is het thema dat de columns verbindt. Het is geen beschrijving van een tijdperk. Het zijn ook geen volledige schrijversportretten. Het zijn de persoonlijke associaties van de columnist die in een laatste hoofdstuk aan de hand van de geschiedenis van de eigen familie samenvat waarom hij geinteresseerd is in al die Joodse schrijvers van de vorige eeuw die steeds toch volmondig konden zeggen: ik ben een Jood, ik ben een Jodin.
Der Gerechte ist das Fundament der Welt. Judische Heiligenlegenden aus dem Umfeld des Chassidismus. Before the USSR collapsed, ethnic identities were imposed by the state. This book analyzes how and why Jews decided what being Jewish meant to them after the state dissolved and describes the historical evolution of Jewish identities. Surveys of more than 6, Jews in the early and late s reveal that Russian and Ukrainian Jews have a deep sense of their Jewishness but are uncertain what it means.
They see little connection between Judaism and being Jewish. Their attitudes toward Judaism, intermarriage and Jewish nationhood differ dramatically from those of Jews elsewhere. Many think Jews can believe in Christianity and do not condemn marrying non-Jews. This complicates their connections with other Jews, resettlement in Israel, the United States and Germany, and the rebuilding of public Jewish life in Russia and Ukraine. Post-Communist Jews, especially the young, are transforming religious-based practices into ethnic traditions and increasingly manifesting their Jewishness in public.
Bijna vijfhonderd jaar lang werden de Joden in Europa weggestopt in getto's of in dorpjes op het platteland. Pas eind achttiende eeuw, tijdens de Franse Revolutie, kregen de Franse Joden hun vrijheid. Het tijdperk van de Joodse emancipatie kon beginnen. Vanaf dat moment groeide de invloed van Joden op cultureel en intellectueel gebied enorm.
Uit de geisoleerde minderheid ontpopten zich belangrijke schrijvers, filosofen en kunstenaars als Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Lessing, Heine, Freud, Mahler, Herzl, Kafka, Einstein en Wittgenstein. De westerse cultuur bloeide op. In dit buitengewone boek volgt Michael Goldfarb het Joodse emancipatieproces op de voet. Op onnavolgbare wijze beschrijft hij de geschiedenis van een minderheid die vecht voor een plaats in de samenleving en tegelijkertijd de fundamenten legt voor de bloei van de westerse cultuur.
In , Matt Goldish introduces English readers to the history and culture of the Sephardic dispersion through an exploration of forty-three responsa--questions about Jewish law that Jews asked leading rabbis, and the rabbis' responses. The questions along with their rabbinical decisions examine all aspects of Jewish life, including business, family, religious issues, and relations between Jews and non-Jews. Taken together, the responsa constitute an extremely rich source of information about the everyday lives of Sephardic Jews.
The book looks at questions asked between when the Jews were expelled from Spain--and Originating from all over the Sephardic world, the responsa discuss such diverse topics as the rules of conduct for Ottoman Jewish sea traders, the trials of an ex-husband accused of a robbery, and the rights of a sexually abused wife.
Goldish provides a sizeable introduction to the history of the Sephardic diaspora and the nature of responsa literature, as well as a bibliography, historical background for each question, and short biographies of the rabbis involved. Including cases from well-known communities such as Venice, Istanbul, and Saloniki, and lesser-known Jewish enclaves such as Kastoria, Ragusa, and Nablus, Jewish Questions provides a sense of how Sephardic communities were organized, how Jews related to their neighbors, what problems threatened them and their families, and how they understood their relationship to God and the Jewish people.
In the mid-seventeenth century, Shabbatai Zvi, a rabbi from Izmir, claimed to be the Jewish messiah, and convinced a great many Jews to believe him. The movement surrounding this messianic pretender was enormous, and Shabbatai's mission seemed to be affirmed by the numerous supporting prophecies of believers. The story of Shabbatai and his prophets has mainly been explored by specialists in Jewish mysticism. Only a few scholars have placed this large-scale movement in its social and historical context. Matt Goldish shifts the focus of Sabbatean studies from the theology of Lurianic Kabbalah to the widespread seventeenth-century belief in latter-day prophecy.
The intense expectations of the messiah in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam form the necessary backdrop for understanding the success of Sabbateanism. The seventeenth century was a time of deep intellectual and political ferment as Europe moved into the modern era. The strains of the Jewish mysticism, Christian millenarianism, scientific innovation, and political transformation all contributed to the development of the Sabbatean movement.
By placing Sabbateanism in this broad cultural context, Goldish integrates this Jewish messianic movement into the early modern world, making its story accessible to scholars and students alike. Making the Bible Modern. The Bible has played a critical role in the story of Judaism, modernity, and identity. Penny Schine Gold examines the arena of children's education and the role of the Bible in the reshaping of Jewish identity, especially in the United States in the s and s, when a second generation of Eastern European Jews engaged the task of Americanizing Jewish culture, religion, and institutions.
Professional Jewish educators based in the Reform movement undertook a multifaceted agenda for the Bible in America: to modernize it, harmonize it with American values, and move it to the center of the religious school curriculum. Through public schooling, the children of Jewish immigrants brought America home; it was up to the adults to fashion a Judaism that their children could take back out into America.
Because of its historic role in the development of Judaism and its cultural significance in American life, Gold finds, the Bible provided Jews with vital links to both the past and the present. The ancient sacred text of the Bible, transformed into highly abridged and amended Bible tales, was brought into service as a bridge between tradition and modernity. Gold analyzes these American developments with reference to the intellectual history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, innovations in public schooling and social theory, Protestant religious education, and later versions of children's Bibles in the United States and Israel.
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She shows that these seemingly simple children's books are complex markers of the pressing concerns of Jews in the modern world. Geschichte der Juden. Von den altesten Zeiten bis zur Mitte des Souls in Dispute. Converso Identities in Iberia and the Jewish Diaspora At the end of the fifteenth century, however, the last Islamic stronghold fell, and Jews were forced either to convert to Christianity or to face expulsion.
Thousands left for other parts of Europe and Asia, eventually establishing Sephardic communities in Amsterdam, Venice, Istanbul, southwestern France, and elsewhere. More than a hundred years after the expulsion, some Judeoconversos - descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who had converted to Christianity - were forced to flee the Iberian Peninsula once again to avoid ethnic and religious persecution. Many of them joined the Sephardic Diaspora and embraced rabbinic Judaism. Later some of these same people or their descendants returned to Iberian lands temporarily or permanently and, in a twist that Jewish authorities considered scandalous, reverted to Catholicism.
Among them were some who betrayed their fellow conversos to the Holy Office. In Souls in Dispute , David L. Graizbord unravels this intriguing history of the renegade conversos and constructs a detailed and psychologically acute portrait of their motivations. Through a probing analysis of relevant inquisitorial documents and a wide-ranging investigation into the history of the Sephardic Diaspora and Habsburg Spain, Graizbord shows that, far from being simply reckless and vindictive, the renegades used their double acts of border crossing to negotiate a dangerous and unsteady economic environment: so long as their religious and social ambiguity remained undetected, they were rewarded with the means for material survival.
In addition, Graizbord sheds new light on the conflict-ridden transformation of makeshift Jewish colonies of Iberian expatriates - especially in the borderlands of southwestern France - showing that the renegades failed to accommodate fully to a climate of conformity that transformed these Sephardic groups into disciplined communities of Jews.
Ultimately, Souls in Dispute explains how and why Judeoconversos built and rebuilt their religious and social identities, and what it meant to them to be both Jewish and Christian given the constraints they faced in their time and place in history. Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism. The Menorah Association and American Diversity.
Daniel Greene traces the emergence of the idea of cultural pluralism to the lived experiences of a group of Jewish college students and public intellectuals, including the philosopher Horace M. These young Jews faced particular challenges as they sought to integrate themselves into the American academy and literary world of the early 20th century. At Harvard University, they founded an influential student organization known as the Menorah Association in and later the Menorah Journal, which became a leading voice of Jewish public opinion in the s.
In response to the idea that the American melting pot would erase all cultural differences, the Menorah Association advocated a pluralist America that would accommodate a thriving Jewish culture while bringing Jewishness into mainstream American life. Der Fremde als Nachbar. Polnische Positionen zur juedischen Praesenz. Texte seit Denken und Wissen. Jeffrey S. Gurock recounts the history of Orthodox Jews in America, from the time of the early arrivals in the 17th century to the present, and examines how Orthodox Jewish men and women coped with the personal, familial, and communal challenges of religious freedom, economic opportunity, and social integration.
His absorbing narrative portrays the varied lifestyles of Orthodox Jews and exposes the historical tensions that have pitted the pious against the majority of their co-religionists who have disregarded Orthodox teachings and practice. Exploring Orthodox reactions to alternative Jewish religious movements that have flourished in a pluralistic America, Gurock illuminates contemporary controversies about the compatibility of modern culture with a truly pious life, providing a nuanced view of the most intriguing present-day intra-Orthodox struggle - the relationship of feminism to traditional faith.
Finally, the book exposes the hypocrisy of Jews who, while outwardly devout in their careful observance of religious ritual, have behaved as moral miscreants. Anyone seeking to understand the American Jewish experience will find "Orthodox Jews in America" to be essential reading.
From the s until his death in , Menachem Mendel Schneerson - revered by his followers worldwide simply as the Rebbe - built the Lubavitcher movement from a relatively small sect within Hasidic Judaism into the powerful force in Jewish life that it is today. Swept away by his expectation that the Messiah was coming, he came to believe that he could deny death and change history. Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman paint an unforgettable portrait of Schneerson, showing how he reinvented himself from an aspiring French-trained electrical engineer into a charismatic leader who believed that he and his Lubavitcher Hasidic emissaries could transform the world.
They reveal how his messianic convictions ripened and how he attempted to bring the ancient idea of a day of redemption onto the modern world's agenda. Heilman and Friedman also trace what happened after the Rebbe's death, by which time many of his followers had come to think of him as the Messiah himself. The Rebbe tracks Schneerson's remarkable life from his birth in Russia, to his student days in Berlin and Paris, to his rise to global renown in New York, where he developed and preached his powerful spiritual message from the group's gothic mansion in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
This compelling book demonstrates how Schneerson's embrace of traditionalism and American-style modernity made him uniquely suited to his messianic mission. Printing the Talmud. A History of the Individual Treatises Printed from to Until the 19th century, women were regularly excluded from graduate education. When this convention changed, it was largely thanks to Jewish women from Russia.
Raised to be strong and independent, the daughters of Jewish businesswomen were able to utilize this cultural capital to fight their way into the universities of Switzerland and Germany. They became trailblazers, ensuring regular admission for women who followed their example. This book tells the story of Russian and German Jews who became the first female professionals in modern history.
It describes their childhoods-whether in Berlin or in a Russian shtetl-their schooling, and their experiences at German universities. A final chapter traces their careers as the first female professionals and details how they were tragically destroyed by the Nazis. Establishes how the changes that occurred in Jewish culture during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries stimulated a widespread fascination with the figure of Jesus and with Christian motifs among numerous Jewish theologians, historians, intellectuals, writers, and artists.
The Revolution in Russia ushered in an unprecedented though brief period of social and political freedom in the Russian Empire. This environment made possible the emergence of mass Jewish politics and the flourishing of a new, modern Jewish culture expressed in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Russian. Unfortunately, also unleashed popular anti-Semitism in the shape of pogroms on a scale previously unknown.
Russian Jewry, by far the largest Jewish community in the world at that time, faced fateful decisions. What direction should Jewish culture and social organizations take within the context of democratization and modernization? In what language or languages should this culture be expressed? How should Jews abroad react to the revolutionary crisis and to the dilemmas of their coreligionists?
The thought-provoking essays in this volume shed new light on these issues while placing them in the larger context of the historical, social, and cultural developments within the Russian Empire. The authors, representing various disciplines, emphasize both the highly varied Jewish responses to the great crisis and the degree to which these responses shared certain vital characteristics. Founded by a few wealthy Jews in St.
Petersburg who wanted to improve opportunities for Jewish people in Russia by increasing their access to education and modern values, OPE was secular and nonprofit. The group emphasized the importance of the unity of Jewish culture to help Jews integrate themselves into Russian society by opening, supporting, and subsidizing schools throughout the country.
It was hobbled by the bureaucracy and sometimes outright hostility of the Russian government, which imposed strict regulations on all aspects of Jewish lives. The OPE was also limited by the many disparate voices within the Jewish community itself. Debates about the best type of schools secular or religious, co-educational or single-sex, traditional or modern were constant. Even the choice of language for the schools was hotly debated.
Jewish Philanthropy and Enlightenment in Late-Tsarist Russia offers a model of individuals and institutions struggling with the concern so central to contemporary Jews in America and around the world: how to retain a strong Jewish identity, while fully integrating into modern society. Historical accounts of Jewish violence - particularly against Christians - have long been explosive material. Some historians have distorted these records for anti-Semitic purposes. Others have discounted, dismissed, or simply ignored the evidence, often for apologetic purposes.
In Reckless Rites , Elliott Horowitz takes a new and forthright look at both the history of Jewish violence since late antiquity and the ways in which generations of historians have grappled with that history. In the process, he has written the most wide-ranging book on Jewish violence in any language, and the first to fully acknowledge and address the actual anti-Christian practices that became part of the playful, theatrical violence of the Jewish festival of Purim.
He has also examined the different ways in which the book of Esther, upon which the festival is based, was used by Jews and Christians over the centuries - whether as an ancient mirror of modern tribulations or as the scriptural basis for anti-Semitic claims regarding the bloodthirstiness of the Jews. Reckless Rites reassesses the historical interpretation of Jewish violence - from the alleged massacre of thousands of Christians in seventh-century Jerusalem to later medieval attacks on Christian symbols such as the crucifix, transgressions that were often committed in full knowledge that their likely consequence would be death.
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Honderden jaren waren Joden nadrukkelijk aanwezig in Suriname. Vanwege hun godsdienst waren ze uit Europa verdreven en naar de Nieuwe wereld getrokken waar ze zich aan de Wilde Kunst vestigden. Desperaat vanwege de vervolgingen waren ze, avontuurlijk en ondernemend. Ze werden plantage houder en handelaar.
Aan de Surinamerivier hadden ze hun eigen dorp Jodensavanne. Daar konden ze door de privileges die ze kregen een eigen Joodse natie binnen de kolonie vormen. Dat was uniek in de wereld. Dankzij de met slaven gerunde plantages werden ze welvarend. In Paramaribo namen ze deel aan het koloniale bestuur, zochten naar intellectuele uitdagingen en beleden hun godsdienst in fraaie synagogen.
Ook waren ze nadrukkelijk aanwezig in vrijmetselaarsloges. Net als andere kolonisten stond men zichzelf ongekende vrijheden toe. Dat ging niet allemaal zonder problemen. Het leven in de plantagekolonie was luxueus, maar vol conflicten en hard en gewelddadig ten opzichte van de slaven. Anti-Joodse gereformeerde planters hadden bezwaar tegen de privileges en waren jaloers. Dat gaf voortdurend spanningen.
Door het verlies van de privileges en de beeindiging van de slavernij ontstond in de loop van de negentiende eeuw een nieuwe situatie. Men vond banen in de koloniale ambtenarij, werd arts of advocaat. Voor wie die kansen niet had verslechterde de situatie. Men kreeg concurrentie van de opkomende klasse van Creolen. Velen trokken weg uit Suriname. Nu is er nog een kleine liberale Joodse gemeenschap die op heroische wijze moeite doet om de oeroude godsdienstige tradities te handhaven.
Dit boek van bijna bladzijden, geillustreerd met boeiend kaartmateriaal, is een must voor iedereen die zich betrokken voelt bij Suriname en haar bewoners, en de meest complete uitgave over dit onderwerp. In an anthology that is both scholarly and accessible to readers of contemporary poetry, David C. In the book's introduction, Jacobson explores the central role that poetry has always played and continues to play in our understanding of the religious experience.
The work of each poet is then preceded by an introduction which establishes the historical and biographical contexts of the poems discussed. The poetry appears in the original Hebrew as well as Jacobson's graceful English translations.
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David C. Kamal Abdel-Malek and David C. Band" Brown Judaic Studies, Jean-Paul Sartre and the Jewish Question. Anti-antisemitism and the Politics of the French Intellectual. Jean-Paul Sartre and the Jewish Question examines the image of the Jew in Sartre's work to rethink not only his oeuvre but also the role of the intellectual in France and the politics and ethics of existentialism.
It explores more broadly how French identity is defined through the abstraction and allegorization of the Jew and examines the role anti-antisemitic intellectuals play in this process. Jonathan Judaken reconsiders the origins of the intellectual in France in the context of the Dreyfus affair and Sartre's interventions in the parallel Franco-French conflicts in the s and during the Vichy regime.
He considers what it was possible to say on behalf of Jews and Judaism during the German occupation, Sartre's contribution after the war to the Vichy syndrome, his positions on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the ways Sartre's reflections on the Jewish Question served as a template for his shift toward Marxism, his resistance to colonialism, and for the defining of debates about Jews and Judaism in postwar France by both Jewish and non-Jewish intellectuals. Judaken analyzes the texts that Sartre devoted to these issues and argues that the Jew constituted a foil Sartre consistently referenced in reflecting on politics in general and on the role of the intellectual in particular.
No longer controlled by a handful of institutional leaders based in remote headquarters and rabbinical seminaries, American Judaism is being transformed by the spiritual decisions of tens of thousands of Jews living all over the United States. A pulpit rabbi and himself an American Jew, Dana Evan Kaplan follows this religious individualism from its postwar suburban roots to the hippie revolution of the s and the multiple postmodern identities of today. From Hebrew tattooing to Jewish Buddhist meditation, Kaplan describes the remaking of historical tradition in ways that channel multiple ethnic and national identities.
While pessimists worry about the vanishing American Jew, Kaplan focuses on creative responses to contemporary spiritual trends that have made a Jewish religious renaissance possible. He believes that the reorientation of American Judaism has been a "bottom up" process, resisted by elites who have reluctantly responded to the demands of the "spiritual marketplace. The result is an exciting transformation of what it means to be a religious American Jew in the twenty-first century. Discusses the recent issues and arguments surrounding the Reform movement.
The contributors to this volume examine several issues including: the role of Reform in relation to Conservative and Orthodox movements; the role of women and feminism in Reform, particularly women rabbis; the upcoming vote on the new platform scheduled for this year; and interpretations of the latest census data for Reform Jews.
This Companion provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to the most important and interesting historical and contemporary facets of Judaism in America.
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Written by twenty-four leading scholars from the fields of religious studies, history, literature, philosophy, art history, sociology, and musicology, the survey adopts an inclusive perspective on Jewish religious experience. Three initial chapters cover the development of Judaism in America from , when Sephardic Jews first landed in New Amsterdam, until today.
By examining the everyday lives of ordinary Jews, this book portrays the drama of German-Jewish history - the gradual ascent of Jews from impoverished outcasts to comfortable bourgeois citizens and then their dramatic descent into genocidal torment during the Nazi years. Building on social, economic, religious, and political history, it focuses on the qualitative aspects of ordinary life - emotions, subjective impressions, and quotidian perceptions.
How did ordinary Jews and their families make sense of their world? How did they construe changes brought about by industrialization? How did they make decisions to enter new professions or stick with the old, juggle traditional mores with contemporary ways? The Politics of Jewish Commerce.
Economic Thought and Expansion in Europe, Kolbrener welcomes us into a world where creativity, pleasure and embracing difference are shown to be the foundation for an authentic and committed religious life. In essays as likely to turn to baseball, Denzel Washington, and the NASDAQ as to "Macbeth", quantum physics and psychoanalysis, William Kolbrener provides powerful - and often surprising - insights into how open mindedness allows for authentic Jewish commitment in an age otherwise defined by fundamentalism and unbelief.
Through a personal synthesis of Western and Jewish learning, popular culture and philosophy, Kolbrener offers a compelling new vision where being open minded allows for a non-dogmatic and committed Jewish life. Informed by Kolbrener's considerable erudition, but always accessible, the essays show that scepticism informs belief, commitment grounds creativity, and non-defensive receptiveness makes individual autonomy possible.
For every person, it is said, there is a corresponding letter in the Torah: this innovative collection shows Kolbrener writing his letter, and providing the inspiration for others to write their own.
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From Kabbalah to Class Struggle. Ethnicity and Beyond. Theories and Dilemmas of Jewish Group Demarcation. This volume analyzes how "ethnic," "ethnicity," and "identity" have been applied to Jews, past and present, individually and collectively. Most of the symposium papers on the ethnicity of Jewish people and the social groups they form draw heavily on the case of American Jews, while others offer wider geographical perspectives. Contributors address ex-Soviet Jews in Philadelphia, comparing them to a similar population in Tel Aviv; Communism and ethnicity; intermarriage and group blending; American Jewish dialogue; and German Jewish migration in the interwar decades.
Leading academics, employing a variety of social scientific methods and historical paradigms, propose to enhance the clarity of definitions used to relate "ethnic identity" to the Jews. They point to ethnic experience in a variety of different social manifestations: language use in social context, marital behavior across generations, spatial and occupational differentiation in relation to other members of society, and new immigrant communities as sub-ethnic units within larger Jewish populations.
They also ponder the relevance of individual experience and preference as compared to the weight of larger socializing factors. Taken as a whole, this work offers revisionist views on the utility of terms like "Jewish ethnicity" that were given wider scope by scholars in the s, '70s, and '80s.
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Hasidic tales are often read as charming, timeless expressions of Jewish spirituality. The best-known versions of these stories, however, have been rewritten for audiences outside traditional Judaism and few works have explored Hasidic tales as they were created by Hasidic Jews. In Imagining Holiness Justin Lewis offers a radical reappraisal of how we think of Hasidic tales, calling into question received notions of authenticity. He focuses his study on the neglected Hasidic literature of the early twentieth century - primarily the work of Israel Berger and Abraham Hayim Michelson - and the literary and historical dynamics of its emergence, posing questions about its place in Hasidic society, the attitude of the Hasidim towards this literature, and orality in Hasidic tradition as manifested in these Hasidic books.
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Berger and Michelson wrote in the decade before the First World War, a time of loss and decline for Hasidism. Their books resisted modernity and positioned Hasidism as authentic Judaism but also reflected modern literary trends, expressed tensions within Hasidism itself, and depicted struggles between the soul and body. Imagining Holiness will help readers understand the inner motivations of this religious culture at an important moment in its history.
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