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Polin, Volume 15
     

Polin, Volume 15

by Antony Polonsky (Editor)
 

This volume highlights new research on Jewish spiritual and religious life in Poland before modern political ideas, above all nationalism and socialism, began to transform the Jewish world. The collection as a whole represents a welcome new trend towards a more rigorous approach to the study of Jewish religious life and writings and covers a range of topics. Three

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This volume highlights new research on Jewish spiritual and religious life in Poland before modern political ideas, above all nationalism and socialism, began to transform the Jewish world. The collection as a whole represents a welcome new trend towards a more rigorous approach to the study of Jewish religious life and writings and covers a range of topics. Three articles deal with rabbinic writing and publishing in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and a fourth presents accounts of Purim festivities at that time. The eighteenth-century studies focus on popular Jewish spirituality and Polish attitudes to Jewish spirituality. Four articles deal with the Frankist movement, the main topics being Frankist propaganda; non-Christian Frankists; Jonathan Eibeschuetz and the Frankists; and the influence of Frankism on Polish culture. There are four articles on hasidism-on the tsadik and the ba'al shem; the childhood of tsadikim in hasidic legends; the fall of the Seer of Lublin; and the hasidism of Gur-and one about influences on Nahman Krochmal.

Four of the contributors to the core section on Jewish spiritual and religious life are Polish, representatives of a new generation of Judaic scholars there. Three are working in Germany, where Jewish studies is likewise re-establishing itself. Other contributors are leading scholars from universities in Canada, Israel, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Some are themselves religious, others are secular; taken together, their contributions further the study of Jewish religious traditions on the Polish lands, a topic central to an understanding of Jewish society and history in Poland but one which has long been considered marginal by the academic world. As in earlier volumes of Polin, substantial space is given to new research in other areas of Polish-Jewish studies. There is an extensive survey of the papal Holocaust papers, as well as contributions relating to education for girls, to Auschwitz as a site of memories, and to aspects of Jewish literature, politics, society, and economics. A young Polish scholar from Jedwabne has contributed a moving article on local reactions to news of the massacre of the Jews of that town.

The review section include two separate essays with contrasting opinions on Yaffa Eliach's monumental study of Eishyshok.

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Booknews
A consolidated index for the first 12 volumes of , a compendium of information on the history of Jews in Poland-Lithuania. The present index covers volumes 1-7, which were never indexed, and offers revised indexes for later volumes to provide comprehensive coverage of the subjects, organizations, places, and individuals discussed in the series so far. Includes two tables of contents, arranged by volume and historical period; an index of books reviewed; an index of contributors, itemizing their contributions from articles to obituaries; and a section of background notes giving information on contributors' affiliation and areas of interest. Two appendices supply a table of Polish history from the fourth century, and maps showing Poland from the tenth century to the present. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781874774723
Publisher:
Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
Publication date:
11/14/2002
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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