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Spinoza’s Jewish Modernities

Daniel B. Schwartz

in The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691142913
eISBN:
9781400842261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691142913.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This introductory chapter considers why the hallmark of modern Jewish identity is its resistance to—and, at the same time, obsession with—definition. Like battles over national identity in the modern ... More


The Scandal of Kabbalah: Leon Modena, Jewish Mysticism, Early Modern Venice

Yaacob Dweck

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691145082
eISBN:
9781400840007
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691145082.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This is the first book about the origins of a culture war that began in early modern Europe and continues to this day: the debate between kabbalists and their critics on the nature of Judaism and the ... More


The First Modern Jew: Berthold Auerbach’s (1837) and the Beginnings of an Image

Daniel B. Schwartz

in The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691142913
eISBN:
9781400842261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691142913.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter skips ahead fifty years from the previous chapter to find the roots of the heroic and prototypical image of Spinoza in the historical fiction of the young Berthold Auerbach (1812–1882), ... More


The Postmodern Period in Jewish History

Moshe Rosman

in How Jewish is Jewish History?

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113348
eISBN:
9781800340817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113348.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter uses the term ‘postmodern’ to code a new set of circumstances and processes interacting to mark the period in which they became operative as substantially different from the preceding ... More


The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image

Daniel B. Schwartz

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691142913
eISBN:
9781400842261
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691142913.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Pioneering biblical critic, theorist of democracy, and legendary conflater of God and nature, Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677) was excommunicated by the Sephardic Jews of Amsterdam in ... More


Epilogue

in Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalah

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226282077
eISBN:
9780226282060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226282060.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In the Middle Ages, Kabbalah perforce retained a strong connection to Neo-Aristotelean or Neo-Platonic philosophy and indeed was in many ways inseparable from these discourses. It is problematic to ... More


Pauline Wengeroff: Memory and History

Shulamit S. Magnus

in A Woman's Life: Pauline Wengeroff and Memoirs of a Grandmother

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764524
eISBN:
9781800340459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764524.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the different eras in Russian Jewish history in which Pauline Wengeroff's Memoirs of a Grandmother is set. Wengeroff's two volumes share an overarching theme: Jewish tradition ... More


Complicity, Victimization, Guilt: Wengeroff as Agent of Acculturation and Assimilation

Shulamit S. Magnus

in A Woman's Life: Pauline Wengeroff and Memoirs of a Grandmother

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764524
eISBN:
9781800340459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764524.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explains that the central point of the second volume of Pauline Wengeroff's Memoirs of a Grandmother is the consequences of the loss of tradition in Russian Jewish families, exemplified ... More


Jews, Theatricality, and Modernity

Andrea Most

in Theatrical Liberalism: Jews and Popular Entertainment in America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814708194
eISBN:
9780814707982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814708194.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Throughout the twentieth century, American Jews were instrumental in the development of the major industries and entertainment forms that provided mass culture to a majority of Americans: Broadway, ... More


A Woman's Life: Pauline Wengeroff and Memoirs of a Grandmother

Shulamit Magnus

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764524
eISBN:
9781800340459
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764524.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Pauline Wengeroff was born in 1833 into a pious Jewish family in Bobruisk. Her life, as recounted in this biography, based in part on the author's critical edition of Wengeroff's Memoirs of a ... More


Wengeroff in America

Shulamit S. Magnus

in A Woman's Life: Pauline Wengeroff and Memoirs of a Grandmother

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764524
eISBN:
9781800340459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764524.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter addresses Pauline Wengeroff's strange tale about her brother Ephraim, who had converted to Christianity while in the United States and then reverted to Judaism during a family conclave ... More


The Essence of Judaism

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

in The Legacy of German Jewry

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823228263
eISBN:
9780823237142
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823228263.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the historical background of the German Jewry's quest to define the essence of Judaism. This quest is one of the most important debates in world Jewish history and this ... More


The Role of German Jewry

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

in The Legacy of German Jewry

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823228263
eISBN:
9780823237142
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823228263.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the role of the German Jewry in the increase in the diversity of Jewish modernity in the late Middle Ages. The German Jews had played a leading role during the first ... More


The Jewish Atlantic: Diaspora and Pop Music

Caspar Battegay

in Connected Jews: Expressions of Community in Analogue and Digital Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764869
eISBN:
9781800343375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764869.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the emergence of pop music as a distinctive musical genre intended for very wide audiences and often controlled by the giants of the music business. It describes how pop is ... More


Inventing the Israelite: Jewish Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France

Maurice Samuels

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804763844
eISBN:
9780804773423
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804763844.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This book brings to light little-known works of literature produced from 1830 to 1870 by the first generation of Jews born as French citizens. These writers, it asserts, used fiction as a laboratory ... More


Haskalah and History: The Emergence of a Modern Jewish Historical Consciousness

Shmuel Feiner

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774433
eISBN:
9781800340138
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774433.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book recreates the historical consciousness that fired the Haskalah — the Jewish Enlightenment movement. The proponents of this movement advocated that Jews should capture the spirit of the ... More


Who was Pauline Wengeroff?: On Reading and Misreading Memoirs

Shulamit S. Magnus

in A Woman's Life: Pauline Wengeroff and Memoirs of a Grandmother

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764524
eISBN:
9781800340459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764524.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter investigates how Pauline Wengeroff, seeming bard of Jewish traditionalism, can also be read as an apologist for assimilation and conversion. From the dramatic myth of Memoirs of a ... More


Haskalah and Hasidism in the Kingdom of Poland: A History of Conflict

Marcin Wodzinski

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113089
eISBN:
9781800341029
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113089.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The conflict between Haskalah and hasidism was one of the most important forces in shaping the world of Polish Jewry for almost two centuries, but our understanding of it has long been dominated by ... More


A Biography of a Person and a Book

Shulamit S. Magnus

in A Woman's Life: Pauline Wengeroff and Memoirs of a Grandmother

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764524
eISBN:
9781800340459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764524.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Pauline Wengeroff and her Memoirs of a Grandmother: Scenes from the Cultural History of the Jews of Russia in the Nineteenth Century. Wengeroff's two ... More


A Woman’s Life

Shulamit S. Magnus

in A Woman's Life: Pauline Wengeroff and Memoirs of a Grandmother

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764524
eISBN:
9781800340459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764524.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This epilogue recounts how, terrified of anti-Jewish violence, Pauline Wengeroff died, ‘lonely and miserable’, in Minsk in 1916, at the age of 83, in the midst of the First World War and a ... More


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