Zakhor

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"Mr. Yerushalmi's previous writings, on the Spanish and Portuguese Jews . . . established him as one of the Jewish community's most important historians. His latest book should establish him as one of its most important critics. Zakhor is historical thinking of a very high order--mature speculation based on massive scholarship." --New York Times Book Review

"Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi is an exemplary Jewish historian of the Jews, and with Zakhor he becomes an exemplary theorist of the troubling and possibly irreconcilable split between Jewish memory and Jewish historiography. . . [Zakhor] may well be a permanent contribution to Jewish speculation upon the dilemmas of Jewishness, and so it may join the canon of Jewish wisdom literature." --New York Review of Books

"[A] remarkable book that discusses the millennial tension between the age-old Jewish commandment--and tradition--of remembrance and the relatively new Jewish interest in history." --American Historical Review

"A brilliant and fundamentally new appraisal of collective Jewish historical memory. . . . It opens up new horizons of thinking in a style that is beautiful and a scholarship that is overwhelming."--Gerson D. Cohen, former chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi is Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture, and Society, and director of the Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Scholar Yerushalmi's book examines the gulf between history and memory in Jewish culture. (Aug.)
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the 1996 Edition
Preface to the 1989 Edition
Prologue to the Original Edition
1 Biblical and Rabbinic Foundations: Meaning in History, Memory, and the Writing of History 1
2 The Middle Ages: Vessels and Vehicles of Jewish Memory 27
3 In the Wake of the Spanish Expulsion 53
4 Modern Dilemmas: Historiography and Its Discontents 77
Postscript: Reflections on Forgetting 105
Notes 118
Index 147
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