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Gershom Scholem - From Berlin to Jerusalem and Back

Naom Zadoff



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Brandeis University Press
05 December 2017
German-born Gerhard (Gershom) Scholem (1897?1982), the preeminent scholar of Jewish mysticism, delved into the historical analysis of kabbalistic literature from late antiquity to the twentieth century. His writings traverse Jewish historiography, Zionism, the phenomenology of mystical religion, and the spiritual and political condition of contemporary Judaism and Jewish civilization. Scholem famously recounted rejecting his parents' assimilationist liberalism in favor of Zionism and immigrating to Palestine in 1923, where he became a central figure in the German Jewish immigrant community that dominated the nation's intellectual landscape in Mandatory Palestine. Despite Scholem's public renunciation of Germany for Israel, Zadoff explores how the life and work of Scholem reflect ambivalence toward Zionism and his German origins.
By:   Naom Zadoff
Imprint:   Brandeis University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 171mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   478g
ISBN:   9781512601138
ISBN 10:   1512601136
Series:   Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry
Pages:   344
Publication Date:   05 December 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

NOAM ZADOFF is an assistant professor of Jewish studies and history at Indiana University.

Reviews for Gershom Scholem - From Berlin to Jerusalem and Back

Zadoff excels at explaining just how the course of events in Palestine disappointed Scholem's expectations. -- New York Review of Books Zadoff's deeply researched, carefully considered study of Scholem's ambivalent place between Zionism and the Germany of his youth will engage readers interested in better understanding the deep connection between the history of Zionism and the world of European thought and culture that Zionists could not leave entirely behind. . . . Highly recommended. -- Choice

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