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 Conclusions: Mysticism, Metaphysics, and the Limitations of Beit El Kabbalah

Pinchas Giller

in Shalom Shar'abi and the Kabbalists of Beit El

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195328806
eISBN:
9780199870196
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328806.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book is a combination of a historical survey of a kabbalistic school and a study of a “lived tradition” that is, a living community of Kabbalists. Beit El has maintained a direct historical link ... More


The Legacy of German Jewry

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823228263
eISBN:
9780823237142
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823228263.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

First published in 1957, this book is a rethinking of the German–Jewish experience. The book challenges the elegiac view of Gershom Scholem, showing us the German–Jewish legacy in literature, ... More


Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography

Amir Engel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226428635
eISBN:
9780226428772
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226428772.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This book discusses the life and work of the best-known Israeli scholar, the Kabbalah historian of German Jewish descent, Gershom Scholem (1897 – 1982). It offers a new perspective on this seminal ... More


The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-de-Siecle Europe

Paul Reitter

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226709703
eISBN:
9780226709727
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226709727.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, Karl Kraus created a bold new style of media criticism, penning incisive satires that elicited both admiration and outrage. Kraus' spectacularly hostile critiques often ... More


Gershom Scholem and Leo Strauss: Notes toward a German-Jewish Dialogue

in Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosophy, Judaism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226764023
eISBN:
9780226763903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226763903.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Gershom Scholem and Leo Strauss, the two most important Jewish thinkers, whose prominence, if not preeminence, among the most important German Jewish thinkers is already ... More


Jewish to the Core

Suzanne Vromen

in Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230754
eISBN:
9780823235858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230754.003.0020
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Hannah Arendt's Jewish identity and how it evolved over time. Her experience as a Jew was the foundation of all her thinking, and her Jewishness was ... More


The Stories of Gershom Scholem

Amir Engel

in Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226428635
eISBN:
9780226428772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226428772.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter explains the novelty of the book’s approach over and against the existing literature in the field. It does so by posing the fundamental question regarding Scholem, namely, why is Scholem ... More


Nationality, Judaism, and the Sacredness of Language

in Exemplarity and Chosenness: Rosenzweig and Derrida on the Nation of Philosophy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804755214
eISBN:
9780804769976
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804755214.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter examines Franz Rosenzweig's views on the questions of nationality, language, and translation in his Jüdische Rundschau. It analyzes the role of German, Jewish, and German-Jewish ... More


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Robert S. Lehman

in Impossible Modernism: T. S. Eliot, Walter Benjamin, and the Critique of Historical Reason

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780804799041
eISBN:
9781503600140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799041.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The book’s fourth chapter reads Walter Benjamin’s earliest programmatic writings in light of early-twentieth-century debates over the legacy of Kantianism. And it treats in particular Benjamin’s ... More


Toward the Present and the Future: Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, Barbara Honigmann

Katja Garloff

in Mixed Feelings: Tropes of Love in German Jewish Culture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501704963
eISBN:
9781501706011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704963.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter shows that even Scholem's “Jews and Germans,” despite its explicit rejection of the past Jewish love for things German, relies on tropes of love to conjure the possibility of a future ... More


Justification of a Neurocognitive Approach to Mystical Experiences

Shahar Arzy and Moshe Idel

in Kabbalah: A Neurocognitive Approach to Mystical Experiences

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300152364
eISBN:
9780300152371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300152364.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The first chapter presents the main approaches to mystical experiences in religious studies and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of our phenomenological technique-oriented and brain-based ... More


A Reevaluation of the “Khmelnytsky Factor”: The Case of the Seventeenth-Century Sabbatean Movement

Ada Rapoport-Albert

in Stories of Khmelnytsky: Competing Literary Legacies of the 1648 Ukrainian Cossack Uprising

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780804793827
eISBN:
9780804794961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804793827.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

The Khmelnytsky uprising and its violent aftermath devastated many Jewish communities in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, especially the Ukraine. The paper considers whether, or to what extent, ... More


Kabbalah: Introductory Remarks

Moshe Idel

in Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510: A Survey

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300126266
eISBN:
9780300155877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300126266.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses Jewish culture's continuous oscillation between two attitudes toward the majority cultures in which they exist: the particularist and the universalist. Particularism is marked ... More


Gershom Scholem

Julia Ng

in Agamben's Philosophical Lineage

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474423632
eISBN:
9781474438520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423632.003.0030
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Giorgio Agamben’s earliest encounter with Gershom Scholem concerns an essay from 1972 entitled ‘Walter Benjamin and his Angel’,1 Scholem’s first attempt to provide a definitive account of Benjamin’s ... More


Abyss, Volcano, and the Frozen Swirl of Words: The Difficult and the Holy in Agnon, Bialik, and Scholem

Adam Zachary Newton

in To Make the Hands Impure: Art, Ethical Adventure, the Difficult and the Holy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263516
eISBN:
9780823266470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263516.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Chapter 7 corresponds itself to the third major part of the book, “Languages.” Its title, “Abyss, Volcano, and the Frozen Swirl of Words” incorporates metaphors drawn from essays by Gershom Scholem ... More


Walter Benjamin's Grave: A Profane Illumination

in Walter Benjamin's Grave

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226790039
eISBN:
9780226790008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226790008.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses the experience of Hannah Arendt, who came looking for Walter Benjamin's grave a few months after he died in the Hotel de Francia in Port Bou on the border between Spain and ... More


From Jerusalem to Jerusalem—A Dedication

Michal Govrin

in Living Together: Jacques Derrida's Communities of Violence and Peace

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823249923
eISBN:
9780823252626
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249923.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

“From Jerusalem to Jerusalem” – an expression Jacques Derrida inscribed in a dedication - evokes Derrida's unique link with the Holy City which crossed his political or ideological critique and ... More


Introduction

in Aesthetics of Renewal: Martin Buber's Early Representation of Hasidism as Kulturkritik

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226842707
eISBN:
9780226842738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226842738.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Any new treatment of the work of Martin Buber (1878–1965) on Hasidism has to take into consideration the debate that arose in the wake of Gershom Scholem's critical reexamination of the premises ... More


Walter Benjamin’s Jewishness

Howard Eiland

in Walter Benjamin and Theology

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823270170
eISBN:
9780823270217
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270170.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter treats the question of Benjamin’s Jewishness in connection with works by contemporaries like Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, and Gershom Scholem. Benjamin’s letters to Ludwig Strauss on the ... More


Walter Benjamin—A Modern Marcionite?: Scholem’s Benjamin Interpretation Reexamined

Jacob Taubes

in Walter Benjamin and Theology

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823270170
eISBN:
9780823270217
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270170.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Appearing for the first time in English translation, this essay by the late Jacob Taubes demonstrates the lasting significance of Benjamin’s thought for understanding both historical and contemporary ... More


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