Jews in Early Modern Poland

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In early modern Poland, Jews numbered 750,000 and comprised half the urban population. Jewish society consequently flourished without being insular, and the core essays in this volume reflect this. They show that this affected Jews' knowledge of languages, marriage patterns, and synagogue architecture, but also increased Christian ritual murder accusations. Jewish polygamy was banned, and kabbalistic influences affected both synagogue structure and women's prayers. Legends about the founder of hasidism are also ...
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Overview

In early modern Poland, Jews numbered 750,000 and comprised half the urban population. Jewish society consequently flourished without being insular, and the core essays in this volume reflect this. They show that this affected Jews' knowledge of languages, marriage patterns, and synagogue architecture, but also increased Christian ritual murder accusations. Jewish polygamy was banned, and kabbalistic influences affected both synagogue structure and women's prayers. Legends about the founder of hasidism are also discussed. A New Views section, book reviews, and a bibliography of Polish-Jewish studies for 1994 complete the volume.
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Seventeen scholars furnish insights into 800 years of Polish-Jewish relations including post-Holocaust Poland, in which approximately 10,000 Jews remain today of a population that numbered about three quarters of a million in the latter 18th century. Hundert (history and Jewish studies, McGill U.) also includes a book review section, glossary, and recent bibliography of Polish-Jewish studies. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781874774310
  • Publisher: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
  • Publication date: 11/27/1997
  • Series: Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Series
  • Pages: 459
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Towards a Polish-Jewish Dialogue: The Way Forward
Note on Transliteration, Names, and Place-Names
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Jewish Marriage in Eighteenth-Century Poland 3
'For the Human Soul is the Lamp of the Lord': The Tkhine for 'Laying Wicks' by Sarah bas Tovim 40
The Ban of Polygamy in Polish Rabbinic Thought 66
The Ashkenazi Elite at the Beginning of the Modern Era: Manuscript versus Printed Book 85
The Accusation of Ritual Murder in Poland, 1500-1800 99
Jewish Art and Architecture in the East European Context: The Gwozdziec-Chodorow Group of Western Synagogues 141
In Praise of the Ba'al Shem Tov: A User's Guide to the Editions of Shivhei haBesht 183
Knowledge of Foreign Languages among Eighteenth-Century Polish Jews 200
Walls and Frontiers: Polish Cinema's Portrayal of Polish-Jewish Relations 221
'That Incredible History of the Polish Bund Written in a Soviet Prison': The NKVD Files on Henryk Erlich and Wiktor Alter 247
Mayufes: A Window on Polish-Jewish Relations 273
On the History of the Jews in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Poland 287
Review Essays
On Eisenbach on Emancipation 321
A Reply to Tomasz Gasowski 326
Two Books on Isaac Bashevis Singer 333
On Auschwitz 339
Book Reviews
Israel Bartal, Rachel Elior, and Chone Shmeruk (eds.), Tsadikim ve'anshei ma'aseh: Mehkarim behasidut Polin 344
S. Bronsztejn, Z dziejow ludnosci zydomskiej na Dolnym Slasku po II wojnie swiatowej 347
Abraham David (ed.), A Hebrew Chronicle from Prague, c. 1615 350
Norman Davies and Antony Polonsky (eds.), Jews in Eastern Poland and the USSR, 1939-1946 351
Artur Eisenbach, The Emancipation of the Jews in Poland, 1780-1870 353
Barbara Engelking, Na lace popiolow: Ocaleni z Holocaustu 355
Barbara Engelking, Zaglada i pamiec 358
Peter Faessler, Thomas Held, and Dirk Sawitzki (eds.), Lemberg-Lwow-Lviv: Eine Stadt im Schnittpunkt europaischer Kulturen 360
Darrel J. Fasching, The Ethical Challenge of Auschwitz and Hiroshima: Apocalypse or Utopia? 362
P. Fijalkowski (ed.), Dzieje Zydow w Polsce: Wybor tekstow zrodlowych XI-XVIII wieku 364
David E. Fishman, Russia's First Modern Jews: The Jews of Shklov 367
Joseph Held (ed.), The Columbia History of Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century 369
Edward H. Judge, Easter in Kishinev: Anatomy of a Pogrom 370
Edward Kossoy and Abraham Ohry, The Feldshers: Medical, Sociological, and Historical Aspects of Practitioners of Medicine with below University Level Education 372
Mark Levene, War, Jews, and the New Europe: The Diplomacy of Lucien Wolf, 1914-1919 374
Steven M. Lowenstein, The Berlin Jewish Community: Enlightenment, Family and Crisis, 1770-1830 377
Paul Robert Magocsi, Historical Atlas of East Central Europe 379
Jerzy Michalski (ed.), Lud zydowski w narodzie polskim 381
Clare Moore (ed.), The Visual Dimension: Aspects of Jewish Art 383
Gedalyah Nigal, Magic, Mysticism, and Hasidism 386
Magdalena Opalski and Israel Bartal, Poles and Jews: A Failed Brotherhood 388
Eugenia Prokop-Janiec, Miedzywojenna literatura polsko-zydowska jako zjawisko kulturowe i artystyczne 391
Joel Raba, Bein zikaron lehakhehashah: Gezerot tah vetat bereshimot benei hazeman ubere'i haketivah hahistorit 396
Marek Rostworowski (ed.), Zydzi w Polsce: Obraz i slowo 398
Jean W. Sedlar, East Central Europe in the Middle Ages, 1000-1500 402
Jerzy Topolski, Polska w czasach nowozytnych: Od srodkowoeuropejskiej potegi do utraty niepodleglosci, 1501-1795 405
Lawrence Weinbaum, A Marriage of Convenience: The New Zionist Organization and the Polish Government 408
E. Thomas Wood and Stanislaw M. Jankowski, Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust 411
Steven J. Zipperstein, Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha'am and the Origins of Zionism 412
Bibliography of Polish-Jewish Studies, 1994 415
Notes on the Contributors 435
Glossary 437
Index 441
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