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At the beginning of the eighteenth century most European Jews lived in restricted settlements and urban ghettos, isolated from the surrounding dominant Christian cultures not only by law but also by language, custom, and dress. By the end of the century urban, upwardly mobile Jews had shaved their beards and abandoned Yiddish in favor of the languages of the countries in which they lived. They began to participate in secular culture and they embraced rationalism and non-Jewish education as supplements to traditional Talmudic studies. The full participation of Jews in modern Europe and America would be unthinkable without the intellectual and social revolution that was the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment.Unparalleled in scale and comprehensiveness, The Jewish Enlightenment reconstructs the intellectual and social revolution of the Haskalah as it gradually gathered momentum throughout the eighteenth century. Relying on a huge range of previously unexplored sources, Shmuel Feiner fully views the Haskalah as the Jewish version of the European Enlightenment and, as such, a movement that cannot be isolated from broader eighteenth-century European traditions. Critically, he views the Haskalah as a truly European phenomenon and not one simply centered in Germany. He also shows how the republic of letters in European Jewry provided an avenue of secularization for Jewish society and culture, sowing the seeds of Jewish liberalism and modern ideology and sparking the Orthodox counterreaction that culminated in a clash of cultures within the Jewish community. The Haskalah's confrontations with its opponents within Jewry constitute one of the most fascinating chapters in the history of the dramatic and traumatic encounter between the Jews and modernity.The Haskalah is one of the central topics in modern Jewish historiography. With its scope, erudition, and new analysis, The Jewish Enlightenment now provides the most comprehensive treatment of this major cultural movement.

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A comprehensive history of the Haskalah, Judiasm's most important cultural movement.

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"Feiner's work is likely to become the standard book on the Haskalah and thus will become indispensable to scholars of Jewish history, literature, and thought."--David Sorkin, University of Wisconsin

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ISBN:
9780812237559
Translator:
Naor, Chaya
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Translator:
Naor, Chaya
Author:
Feiner, Shmuel
Location:
Philadelphia
Subject:
History
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
Jewish learning and scholarship
Subject:
Haskalah.
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Jews - Intellectual life - 18th century
Subject:
Haskalah - History - 18th century
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Series:
Jewish Culture and Contexts
Series Volume:
3118
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
9.58x6.18x1.38 in. 2.06 lbs.

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