Gershom Scholem : From Berlin to Jerusalem and Back (The by Noam Zadoff

By Noam Zadoff

The German-born Gerhard (Gershom) Scholem (1897–1982), the preeminent pupil of Jewish mysticism, delved into the ancient research of kabbalistic literature from past due antiquity to the 20 th century. His writings traverse Jewish historiography, Zionism, the phenomenology of mystical faith, and the non secular and political of latest Judaism and Jewish civilization. in the course of his lifetime, he released over 40 volumes and shut to seven-hundred articles and educated at the very least 3 generations of students of Jewish suggestion, lots of whom nonetheless educate in Israel, Europe, and North America.

Scholem famously stated rejecting his mom and dad’ assimilationist liberalism in prefer of Zionism and immigrating to Palestine in 1923, the place he grew to become a relevant determine within the German Jewish immigrant neighborhood that ruled the nation’s highbrow panorama in Mandate Palestine until eventually the area battle II. regardless of Scholem’s public renunciation of Germany for Israel, Zadoff explores how existence and paintings of Scholem replicate ambivalence towards Zionism and his German origins.

Zadoff divides the booklet into 3 elements. He first examines how Scholem created new educational and social circles in Palestine, whereas even as carrying on with to post in German and participate in Jewish cultural initiatives in his kingdom of foundation. Zadoff then turns to the response of Scholem to the Holocaust and its aftermath, which constituted a turning aspect in his existence. The 3rd a part of the ebook offers with Scholem’s slow go back to the German highbrow international after global warfare II.

Zadoff's erudite interpretations of Scholem’s scholarship, embedded in its wealthy social and cultural contexts, convey anew the extraordinary contested worlds Scholem inhabited, resisted, and accommodated to—sometimes in ways in which ran counter to his personal self-portrait.

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