Age Of Haskalah / Edition 1

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Overview

The Age of Haskalah is a seminal study of the beginnings of the Haskalah (Hebrew Enlightenment) in Germany in the last quarter of the 18th century. The Haskalah was a literary and cultural movement that reshaped and re-formed Judaism and the Jews in accordance with the needs of modern times, i.e. the European Enlightenment. Leaders of the movement were known as Maskilim and included the poet and grammarian, Naphtali Herz Wessely; the physician, Mordechai Gumpel Schnaber; the writer, Isaac Satanow; the rabbi, Saul Berlin; and the editor and writer Isaac Euchel. With detailed textual and historical evidence, author Moshe Pelli examines the backdrop of the Hebrew Enlightenment and the impact of the European Deism on the pundits of Haskalah. He further probes into early intimations of religious reform, the methodology of reform seen in the first reform temple controversy of 1818, and the attitude of the Maskilim toward the Talmud and the revival of the Hebrew language.

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The foremost scholar of the Haskalah in the United States and one of the most prominent worldwide.... What distinguishes Pelli's scholarship is the competent manner in which he weaves together philosophy, intellectual history, and literary analysis.
— Elliott Rabin, Ph.D.
Hebrew Studies
An erudite and penetrating examination of the origins of the Hebrew Enlightenment movement (Haskalah) in Germany...The writer demonstrates an impressive ability to trace specific aesthetic touches and ideological paths without neglecting a comprehensive portrayal of each author's ars poetica. Professor Pelli's study is undoubtedly a worthy scholarly homage to a significant literary period.
— Professor Yair Mazor, University of Wisconsin
Proof Texts - Elliott Rabin
The foremost scholar of the Haskalah in the United States and one of the most prominent worldwide.... What distinguishes Pelli's scholarship is the competent manner in which he weaves together philosophy, intellectual history, and literary analysis.
Hebrew Studies - Professor Yair Mazor
An erudite and penetrating examination of the origins of the Hebrew Enlightenment movement (Haskalah) in Germany...The writer demonstrates an impressive ability to trace specific aesthetic touches and ideological paths without neglecting a comprehensive portrayal of each author's ars poetica. Professor Pelli's study is undoubtedly a worthy scholarly homage to a significant literary period.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761833512
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 0.66 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Moshe Pelli is the Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor in Judaic Studies and the Director of the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. He is a leading authority on the Hebrew and Jewish Enlightenment and the author of six scholarly books and numerous studies on the subject. He is also the author of novels and children's books. Professor Pelli has been honored with numerous awards for his teaching and contributions to Jewish studies and to Hebrew culture, including the 1991 Abraham Friedman Prize for Hebrew Culture in America.

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Table of Contents

I The impact of deism on the Hebrew literature of the Enlightenment in Germany : changes from without 7
II Intimations of religious reform : changes from within 33
III An outlook to the past - the sacred literature : did the Hebrew Maskilim 'hate the Talmud'? 48
IV Revival of Hebrew and revival of the people : the attitude of the first Maskilim toward the Hebrew language 73
V From theory to practice : first reform-temple controversy (1818-1819) - methodology employed by the Hebrew reformers 91
VI Naphtali Herz Wessely : moderation in transition 113
VII Mordechai Gumpel Schnaber : first religious reform theoretician 131
VIII Isaac Satanow : metamorphosis of Judaic values - Mishlei 'Asaf as reflecting the Haskalah ideology 151
IX Saul Berlin : Halachic authority in decline 171
X Isaac Euchel : tradition and change 190
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