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Heshel's Kingdom (Jewish Lives)

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The orthodox rabbi Heshel Melamed's sudden death by heart attack in 1919 set his widow and children free to leave Lithuania, the country that he insisted be their home. In light of the Holocaust twenty years later, his death became, ironically, a gift of life: Heshel Melamed's family left Europe before the war and settled safely in South Africa.<P>In Heshel's Kingdom, Dan Jacobson recounts his journey in the 1990s to post-Communist Lithuania where he searched for traces of his grandfather Heshel's world. More than a genealogical narrative, however, this deeply personal memoir becomes at times a philosophical tableau of secularism, religion, family, and modern Judaism. Jacobson meditates on his grandfather, communes with history's darkness — and, where possible, its illumination — and attempts to understand the individual mortal soul's reflection in human kinship.

Synopsis:

The Orthodox rabbi Heshel Melamed's sudden death by heart attack in 1919 set his widow and children free to leave Lithuania. In this deeply personal memoir, his grandson journeys to the nation after the fall of Communism, and his story is both a philosophical tableau of secularism, religion, and family and a communion with history's darkness-and, where possible, its illumination.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 236-[243]).

About the Author

 
Jacobson grew up in Kimberley, South Africa, but has lived in London for most of his adult life. He is a Professor Emeritus in English at University College, London.

Table of Contents

Prologue

Part One: Lithuania

Part Two: South Africa

Part Three: Lithuania

Part Four: Now

Part Five: Never

References and Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810117044
Author:
Jacobson, Dan
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Author:
Jacobson, Dan
Location:
Evanston, Ill. :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
Lithuania
Subject:
Jewish diaspora
Subject:
South Africa Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Jews -- South Africa.
Subject:
Lithuania Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Jewish Lives (Hardcover)
Publication Date:
20131130
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
243
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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The Orthodox rabbi Heshel Melamed's sudden death by heart attack in 1919 set his widow and children free to leave Lithuania. In this deeply personal memoir, his grandson journeys to the nation after the fall of Communism, and his story is both a philosophical tableau of secularism, religion, and family and a communion with history's darkness-and, where possible, its illumination.

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