Writing a Modern Jewish History

Writing a Modern Jewish History

In this insightful book, an eclectic and distinguished group of writers explore the Jewish experience in the Americas and celebrate the legacy of Salo Wittmayer Baron (1895-1989), a preeminent scholar who revolutionized the study of Jewish ...

Author: Susannah Heschel

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300106777

Category: History

Page: 127

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In this insightful book, an eclectic and distinguished group of writers explore the Jewish experience in the Americas and celebrate the legacy of Salo Wittmayer Baron (1895-1989), a preeminent scholar who revolutionized the study of Jewish history during his lengthy tenure at Columbia University. Baron's important ideas are reflected throughout these texts, which concern strategies for the continuous identity of a dispersed people. Featured essays discuss the meaning and significance of colonial portraits of American Jews; the history of an extraordinary group of Jews in the remote Amazon; the charitable fairs organized by Jewish women to raise money for various causes in nineteenth-century America; the place of Jews in postmodern American culture; the "Jewish unconscious" of the art critic Meyer Schapiro; and Salo Baron's influence as a historian and teacher. A group of poems by Robert Pinsky accompanies the essays. Together these writings form a dynamic interplay of ideas that encourages readers to think deeply about Jewish history and identity.
Categories: History

Writing Food History

Writing Food History

... in Jewish food histories carries the burden of modern Jewish identity politics
characteristic of modern Jewish history writing. What it comes down to in my view
is this question: What role, if any, do Jewish texts play in the eating behaviors that
 ...

Author: Kyri W. Claflin

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 9780857852175

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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The vibrant interest in food studies among both academics and amateurs has made food history an exciting field of investigation. Taking stock of three decades of groundbreaking multidisciplinary research, the book examines two broad questions: What has history contributed to the development of food studies? How have other disciplines - sociology, anthropology, literary criticism, science, art history - influenced writing on food history in terms of approach, methodology, controversies, and knowledge of past foodways? Essays by twelve prominent scholars provide a compendium of global and multicultural answers to these questions. The contributors critically assess food history writing in the United States, Africa, Mexico and the Spanish Diaspora, India, the Ottoman Empire, the Far East - China, Japan and Korea - Europe, Jewish communities and the Middle East. Several historical eras are covered: the Ancient World, the Middle Ages, Early Modern Europe and the Modern day. The book is a unique addition to the growing literature on food history. It is required reading for anyone seeking a detailed discussion of food history research in diverse times and places.
Categories: Social Science

Leaving the Jewish Fold

Leaving the Jewish Fold

Conversion and Radical Assimilation in Modern Jewish History Todd Endelman
... I soon realized it would be impossible for me to write the ambitious book I
initially envisioned given the paucity of secondary literature on the social history
of ...

Author: Todd Endelman

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400866380

Category: History

Page: 440

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The definitive history of conversion and assimilation of Jews in Europe and America from the eighteenth century to the present Between the French Revolution and World War II, hundreds of thousands of Jews left the Jewish fold—by becoming Christians or, in liberal states, by intermarrying. Telling the stories of both famous and obscure individuals, Leaving the Jewish Fold explores the nature of this drift and defection from Judaism in Europe and America from the eighteenth century to today. Arguing that religious conviction was rarely a motive for Jews who became Christians, Todd Endelman shows that those who severed their Jewish ties were driven above all by pragmatic concerns—especially the desire to escape the stigma of Jewishness and its social, occupational, and emotional burdens. Through a detailed and colorful narrative, Endelman considers the social settings, national contexts, and historical circumstances that encouraged Jews to abandon Judaism, and factors that worked to the opposite effect. Demonstrating that anti-Jewish prejudice weighed more heavily on the Jews of Germany and Austria than those living in France and other liberal states as early as the first half of the nineteenth century, he reexamines how Germany's political and social development deviated from other European states. Endelman also reveals that liberal societies such as Great Britain and the United States, which tolerated Jewish integration, promoted radical assimilation and the dissolution of Jewish ties as often as hostile, illiberal societies such as Germany and Poland. Bringing together extensive research across several languages, Leaving the Jewish Fold will be the essential work on conversion and assimilation in modern Jewish history for years to come.
Categories: History

The Origin of the Modern Jewish Woman Writer

The Origin of the Modern Jewish Woman Writer

The women's purpose — to convince Wise to write a volume of Jewish history : "
These ladies , all of whom were Portuguese Jewesses , importuned me to write a
history of the Jews instead of a history of the Middle Ages . I had communicated ...

Author: Michael Galchinsky

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814326137

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 275

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Between 1830 and 1880, the Jewish community flourished in England. During this time, known as haskalah, or the Anglo-Jewish Enlightenment, Jewish women in England became the first Jewish women anywhere to publish novels, histories, periodicals, theological tracts, and conduct manuals. The Origin of the Modern Jewish Woman Writer analyzes this critical but forgotten period in the development of Jewish women's writing in relation to Victorian literary history, women's cultural history, and Jewish cultural history. Michael Galchinsky demonstrates that these women writers were the most widely recognized spokespersons for the haskalah. Their romances, some of which sold as well as novels by Dickens, argued for Jew's emancipation in the Victorian world and women's emancipation in the Jewish world.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Jewish American Writing and World Literature

Jewish American Writing and World Literature

Lila Corwin Berman , “ Jewish History Beyond the Jewish People , ” AJS Review
42 , no . ... 2016 ) traces the figure of the picaro in its Jewish articulation ,
emphasizing the struggles of modern Jewish writers to meet the demands of
European ...

Author: Saul Noam Zaritt

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198863717

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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This book explores how Jewish American writers like Sholem Asch, Jacob Glatstein, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Anna Margolin, Saul Bellow, and Grace Paley think of themselves as world writers, and the successes and failures that come with this role.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Course of Modern Jewish History

The Course of Modern Jewish History

He was content at all times to write of and forthe plainpeoplehe knew.He didnot
moralize asdidMendele; hedid not probe as didPeretz. But he exaltedthe
commonplace by his sympathy, humor, his unerring ear for the authentic. Trulyhe
was the ...

Author: Howard M. Sachar

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780804150507

Category: History

Page: 912

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When this encyclopedic history of the Jews was first published in 1958, it was hailed as one of the great works of its kind, a study that not only chronicled an assailed and enduring people, but assessed its astonishing impact on the modern world. Now this scholarly and comprehensive book has been massively revised and updated by its author, a professor of modern history at the George Washington University and one of the most respected authorities on the lives and times of the Jewish people. The new edition casts additional light on the milestones of the Jewish saga from the eighteenth century to the close of the twentieth: the Jews' emergence from the ghetto and into the heart of Western society, the debate between the voices of tradition, assimilation, and Zionism; virtual destruction during the Holocaust; and troubled rebirth in Israel. Here, too, are evocative portraits of today's disapora, from the Jews of America to the embattled communities of the former Soviet Union and the Third World.
Categories: History

Writing the Holocaust

Writing the Holocaust

16 It seems that many of these historians felt that the Holocaust threatened their
ability to research modern Jewish history and specifically the (triumphalist) march
of the Jews into modernity and modern European culture. It also challenged ...

Author: Jean-Marc Dreyfus

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781849660211

Category: History

Page: 208

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Writing the Holocaust provides students and teachers with an accessibly written overview of the key themes and major theoretical developments which continue to inform the nature of historical writing on the Holocaust. Holocaust studies is at a paradox: while historians of the Holocaust defend it as a legitimate and well-defined area of research, they write against a complex political and ideological background that undermines any claim for it as a normative field of historical study. Writing the Holocaust offers a lucid enquiry into this complex field by demonstrating the impact of current theories from the humanities and social sciences upon the treatment of Holocaust studies.
Categories: History

The Writing of American Jewish History

The Writing of American Jewish History

AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORIOGRAPHY IN THE LIGHT OF MODERN JEWISH
HISTORY By THE HONORABLE BEN ZION DINUR * The history of the Jews
during the years of the Diaspora is the history of a people dispersed and
scattered ...

Author: American Jewish Historical Society

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105038442567

Category: Jews

Page: 464

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Categories: Jews

Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture

Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture

The Companion to Jewish Culture - From the Eighteenth Century to the Present was first published in 1989. It is a single-volume encyclopedia containing biographical and topic entries ranging from 200 to 1000 word each.

Author: Cowley Lecturer in Post-Biblical Hebrew Fellow in Modern Hebrew Literature Oxford Center for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies Glenda Abramson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134428656

Category: Reference

Page: 1200

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The Companion to Jewish Culture - From the Eighteenth Century to the Present was first published in 1989. It is a single-volume encyclopedia containing biographical and topic entries ranging from 200 to 1000 word each.
Categories: Reference

An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thinkers

An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thinkers

INTRODUCTION The story of Jewish historiography—the writing of Jewish
history—is a fascinating one. ... The first modern Jews to write histories tended to
focus on the preceding century (the eighteenth century) as the onset of modernity
.

Author: Alan T. Levenson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742546066

Category: Religion

Page: 237

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Highlighting well-known Jewish thinkers from a very wide spectrum of opinion, the author addresses a range of issues, including: What makes a thinker Jewish? What makes modern Jewish thought modern? How have secular Jews integrated Jewish traditional thought with agnosticism? What do Orthodox thinkers have to teach non-Orthodox Jews and vice versa? Each chapter includes a short, judiciously chosen selection from the given author, along with questions to guide the reader through the material. Short biographical essays at the end of each chapter offer the reader recommendations for further readings and provide the low-down on which books are worth the reader's while. Introduction to Modern Jewish Thinkers represents a decade of the author's experience teaching students ranging from undergraduate age to their seventies. This is an ideal textbook for undergraduate classes.
Categories: Religion

Zakhor

Zakhor

Jewish History and Jewish Memory Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi. picnic of
contingencies, raised to ... of which Yerushalmi knowingly writes. The distinction
of Zakhor as history-writing opens up again the whole question of modern Jewish
writing.

Author: Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 9780295803838

Category: Social Science

Page: 154

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�Mr. Yerushalmi�s previous writings . . . 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
Categories: Social Science

Early Modern Jewry

Early Modern Jewry

here an extended discussion of the three “challenges” in writing early modern
Jewish history that i briefly presented in the introduction to this book. This section
is added especially for those readers who require a more detailed accounting of
 ...

Author: David B. Ruderman

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691152882

Category: History

Page: 326

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Early Modern Jewry boldly offers a new history of the early modern Jewish experience. From Krakow and Venice to Amsterdam and Smyrna, David Ruderman examines the historical and cultural factors unique to Jewish communities throughout Europe, and how these distinctions played out amidst the rest of society. Looking at how Jewish settlements in the early modern period were linked to one another in fascinating ways, he shows how Jews were communicating with each other and were more aware of their economic, social, and religious connections than ever before. Ruderman explores five crucial and powerful characteristics uniting Jewish communities: a mobility leading to enhanced contacts between Jews of differing backgrounds, traditions, and languages, as well as between Jews and non-Jews; a heightened sense of communal cohesion throughout all Jewish settlements that revealed the rising power of lay oligarchies; a knowledge explosion brought about by the printing press, the growing interest in Jewish books by Christian readers, an expanded curriculum of Jewish learning, and the entrance of Jewish elites into universities; a crisis of rabbinic authority expressed through active messianism, mystical prophecy, radical enthusiasm, and heresy; and the blurring of religious identities, impacting such groups as conversos, Sabbateans, individual converts to Christianity, and Christian Hebraists. In describing an early modern Jewish culture, Early Modern Jewry reconstructs a distinct epoch in history and provides essential background for understanding the modern Jewish experience.
Categories: History

Contemporary Jewish Writing in Europe

Contemporary Jewish Writing in Europe

Contemporary Russian Jewish literature can be characterized as a “de-centric”
form of writing. ... dynamics of Russian Jewish literature do not concentrate on the
most catastrophic event in modern Jewish history.1 For Russian Jewish authors ...

Author: Vivian Liska

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253000071

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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With contributions from a dozen American and European scholars, this volume presents an overview of Jewish writing in post--World War II Europe. Striking a balance between close readings of individual texts and general surveys of larger movements and underlying themes, the essays portray Jewish authors across Europe as writers and intellectuals of multiple affiliations and hybrid identities. Aimed at a general readership and guided by the idea of constructing bridges across national cultures, this book maps for English-speaking readers the productivity and diversity of Jewish writers and writing that has marked a revitalization of Jewish culture in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, and Russia.
Categories: Social Science

Writing Our Lives

Writing Our Lives

She attended Hunter College and Columbia University where , as a graduate
student , she studied Yiddish and modern Jewish history . In 1938 she was
awarded a research fellowship to the Yiddish Scientific Institute ( known as YIVO
) in ...

Author: Steven Joel Rubin

Publisher: Jewish Publication Society

ISBN: 0827603932

Category: History

Page: 347

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Twenty-eight selections from the writings of some of the best-known American-Jewish novelists, dramatists, critics, and historians span the social and cultural history of American Jews in the twentieth century. Often joyous, occasionally tragic, they provide a fascinating record—from immigration to assimilation, from life in the ghetto to the current movement by many to recapture their Jewish identity. At once personal and historical, the selections are poignant and moving testimonies to the perseverance of the American-Jewish people.
Categories: History

Who Will Write Our History

Who Will Write Our History

All through modern Jewish history, he wrote a few months later, ordinary Jews
suffered more from their better off co-religionists than they did from gentiles.” By
the same token, he saw the Aleynhilf not just as a source of relief but as a beacon
of ...

Author: Samuel D. Kassow

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307793751

Category: History

Page: 576

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In 1940, in the Jewish ghetto of Nazi-occupied Warsaw, the Polish historian Emanuel Ringelblum established a clandestine scholarly organization called the Oyneg Shabes to record the experiences of the ghetto's inhabitants. For three years, members of the Oyneb Shabes worked in secret to chronicle the lives of hundereds of thousands as they suffered starvation, disease, and deportation by the Nazis. Shortly before the Warsaw ghetto was emptied and razed in 1943, the Oyneg Shabes buried thousands of documents from this massive archive in milk cans and tin boxes, ensuring that the voice and culture of a doomed people would outlast the efforts of their enemies to silence them. Impeccably researched and thoroughly compelling, Samuel D. Kassow's Who Will Write Our History? tells the tragic story of Ringelblum and his heroic determination to use historical scholarship to preserve the memory of a threatened people.
Categories: History

Broadening Jewish History

Broadening Jewish History

Collection of previously published articles.

Author: Todd M. Endelman

Publisher: Littman Library of Jewish

ISBN: 190411301X

Category: Social Science

Page: 379

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`Absolutely essential reading...a profound analysis of what the academic study of Jewish history is and what should be taken into consideration in setting out to do research in the field. Rosman asks penetrating questions regarding the possibility of objective study of Jewish history in the light of the issues raised by postmodernist thinking and he sensitively explores ways of dealing with these questions. He applies his wide and perceptive reading in general historiography to clarify the challenge of new modes of historical thought to students of Jewish history. His mastery of the Jewish past, especially but not only of Jewish life in eastern Europe, keeps the discussion from being purely theoretical...While Rosman deals with complex issues, his writing is lucid and his examples are fascinating. There is nothing like this book on the market and it is therefore a crucial introduction for students.' Shaul Stampfer, Religious Studies Review The major cultural, ideological, and social changes that have occurred in Europe in the past century have generated widespread reassessment of European history in terms of its presuppositions, its methodologies, its directions, its emphases, and its scope. This timely volume looks at the Jewish past in the spirit of this reassessment. It points to a new framework for the study of Jewish history and helps to contextualize it within the mainstream of historical scholarship. This collection of essays breaks new ground in its interdisciplinary study of the way Jews redefined their identity in the changing societies of modern eastern Europe. Sensitively treating the drama of east European Jewry from cultural and political vantage points, prominent scholars provide fresh insights into the complex issues facing the Jewish world. The multifaceted essays in this volume reflect the influence of the pioneering work of historian Ezra Mendelsohn. In Broadening Jewish History Todd Endelman seeks to expand the horizons of modern Jewish historiography by focusing on `ordinary' rather than exceptional Jews, arguing that what ordinary people did or felt can do more to deepen our understanding of Jewish history than what a few exceptional individuals thought and wrote. He also makes a strong case for comparative history, showing convincingly that only a comparison across national borders can identify the Germanness of German Jewish history or the Englishness of English Jewish history, and thereby reveal what is unique about each. This innovative collection of historiographical essays and case studies redefines the area under consideration and deftly restates the need for Jewish social history to counterbalance the current focus on cultural studies. The essays offer an important examination of the major trends in the writing of modern Jewish history and the assumptions that have guided historians in their narration of the Jewish past. Professor Endelman shows in particular how the two watershed events of twentieth-century Jewish history---the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel---influenced Jewish historiography for decades thereafter. He also demonstrates how progressive integration into the scholarly framework of American academia has shaped both the form and the content of Jewish historical research. Each of the case studies focuses on a largely unknown figure whose career illustrates the often tortuous paths of integration and acceptance that Jews faced. Some achieved fleeting fame but many of the people who populate the volume remain altogether unknown, their histories recoverable only as statistics. In its wide-ranging analysis of trends in recent historical writing and its treatment of key themes and issues, this book is essential reading for professional historians, students, and indeed all those with an interest in Jewish history.
Categories: Social Science

The Boom in Contemporary Israeli Fiction

The Boom in Contemporary Israeli Fiction

ANNE GOLOMB HOFFMAN - - - - - Bodies and Borders : The Politics of Gender in
Contemporary Israeli Fiction THE WORK OF a number of recent Israeli writers
gives evidence of a rich engagement with issues in modern Jewish history .

Author: Alan L. Mintz

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 087451830X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Five essays explore facets of what Mintz calls the complexity of cultural reverberations in Israeli fiction of the past two decades.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The State of Jewish Studies

The State of Jewish Studies

11 RESPONSE Todd M . Endelman At the heart of Hyman ' s analysis of modern
Jewish historiography is the astute observation that the writing of Jewish history
has become “ normalized ” - normalized in the sense that the enterprise is ...

Author: Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 081432195X

Category: Social Science

Page: 277

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Contributors describe the key points of controversy and concern that currently engage scholars in most areas of Judaic research. Respondents discuss the contributors' views, marking out areas of disagreement and delineating avenues for further research and debate. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Categories: Social Science

Modern Judaism and Historical Consciousness

Modern Judaism and Historical Consciousness

CHAPTER NINETEEN HISTORIOGRAPHY AS CULTURAL IDENTITY: TOWARD
A JEWISH HISTORY BEYOND NATIONAL HISTORY* ANDREAS GOTZMANN
For a historian, writing about the ways in which history is conceptualized ...

Author: Andreas Gotzmann

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004152892

Category: Religion

Page: 658

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Written by leading authors in their respective fields, this first comprehensive handbook on the relationship between modern Judaism and historical thinking contributes to a differentiated interpretation of Jewish historiography and its interaction with other academic disciplines since the Enlightenment.
Categories: Religion

Prophets of the Past

Prophets of the Past

Prophets of the Past is the first book to examine in depth how modern Jewish historians have interpreted Jewish history.

Author: Michael Brenner

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400836611

Category: History

Page: 320

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Prophets of the Past is the first book to examine in depth how modern Jewish historians have interpreted Jewish history. Michael Brenner reveals that perhaps no other national or religious group has used their shared history for so many different ideological and political purposes as the Jews. He deftly traces the master narratives of Jewish history from the beginnings of the scholarly study of Jews and Judaism in nineteenth-century Germany; to eastern European approaches by Simon Dubnow, the interwar school of Polish-Jewish historians, and the short-lived efforts of Soviet-Jewish historians; to the work of British and American scholars such as Cecil Roth and Salo Baron; and to Zionist and post-Zionist interpretations of Jewish history. He also unravels the distortions of Jewish history writing, including antisemitic Nazi research into the "Jewish question," the Soviet portrayal of Jewish history as class struggle, and Orthodox Jewish interpretations of history as divinely inspired. History proved to be a uniquely powerful weapon for modern Jewish scholars during a period when they had no nation or army to fight for their ideological and political objectives, whether the goal was Jewish emancipation, diasporic autonomy, or the creation of a Jewish state. As Brenner demonstrates in this illuminating and incisive book, these historians often found legitimacy for these struggles in the Jewish past.
Categories: History