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Zwi1924-trledtlccn-n80046659Ozick, CynthiaScholem, Gershom1897-1982HistoryRecords and correspondenceBiographyCommentariesConference proceedingsCriticism, interpretation, etcScholem, Gershom,CabalaGermanyBenjamin, Walter,JudaismJews--Intellectual lifeMysticism--JudaismJewish scholarsMessiah--JudaismJewsJewish philosophyJews--Cultural assimilationMysticism--Judaism--HistoriographyAuthors, GermanJudaism and literatureIsraelEthnic relationsJews--IdentityArendt, Hannah,Klemperer, Victor,Judaism and politicsJustice (Jewish theology)Lévinas, EmmanuelAmerican literature--Jewish authorsOzick, CynthiaBloom, HaroldHeresyPantheismGnosticismGod (Judaism)--History of doctrinesStrauss, LeoIntellectual lifeEuropeJonas, Hans,Political theologySefer ha-bahirSabbathaiansShabbethai Tzevi,Smith, Morton,GolemReligion--PhilosophyCorbin, HenryEliade, Mircea,Bible.--PentateuchBuber, Martin,FriendshipImaginary conversationsGreece--Mount ParnassusSchoenberg, Arnold,Adorno, Theodor W.,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.50Scholem, GershomMajor trends in Jewish mysticismHistoryA collection of lectures on the features of the movement of mysticism that began in antiquity and continues in Hasidism today. From the Trade Paperback edition+-+8795670535125139ocn000252465book19650.47Scholem, GershomOn the Kabbalah and its symbolismHistory+-+7605670535123633ocn000911886book19740.35Scholem, GershomKabbalahHistoryCriticism, interpretation, etcWith origins extending back in time beyond the Dead Sea Scrolls, the body of writings and beliefs known as the Kabbalah has come to be increasingly recognized not only as one of the most intriguing aspects of Judaism but also as an important part of a broader mystical tradition. Now the world's leading authority on the Kabbalah has written one of the most enlightening studies ever to plumb its complex depths and range over its rich history+-+6255657095122121ocn013456988book19870.39Scholem, GershomOrigins of the KabbalahHistoryOne of the most important scholars of our century, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) opened up a once esoteric world of Jewish mysticism, the Kabbalah, to concerned students of religion. The Kabbalah is a rich tradition of repeated attempts to achieve and portray direct experiences of God: its twelfth-and thirteenth-century beginnings in southern France and Spain are probed in Origins of the Kabbalah, a work crucial in Scholem's oeuvre. The book is a contribution not only to the history of Jewish medieval mysticism but also to the study of medieval mysticism in general and will be of interest to historians and psychologists, as well as to students of the history of religion. -- Back cover+-+2968256415117127ocn000145591book19710.50Scholem, GershomThe Messianic idea in Judaism : and other essays on Jewish spiritualityHistoryGershom Scholem was the master builder of historical studies of the Kabbalah. When he began to work on this neglected field, the few who studied these texts were either amateurs who were looking for occult wisdom, or old-style Kabbalists who were seeking guidance on their spiritual journeys. His work broke with the outlook of the scholars of the previous century in Judaica'die Wissenschaft des Judentums, the Science of Judaism'whose orientation he rejected, calling their "disregard for the most vital aspects of the Jewish people as a collective entity: a form of "censorship of the Jewish past." The major founders of modern Jewish historical studies in the nineteenth century, Leopold Zunz and Abraham Geiger, had ignored the Kabbalah; it did not fit into their account of the Jewish religion as rational and worthy of respect by "enlightened" minds. The only exception was the historian Heinrich Graetz. He had paid substantial attention to its texts and to their most explosive exponent, the false Messiah Sabbatai Zevi, but Graetz had depicted the Kabbalah and all that flowed from it as an unworthy revolt from the underground of Jewish life against its reasonable, law-abiding, and learned mainstream. Scholem conducted a continuing polemic with Zunz, Geiger, and Graetz by bringing into view a Jewish past more varied, more vital, and more interesting than any idealized portrait could reveal. 'from the Foreword by Arthur Hertzberg, 1995+-+6895670535108834ocn000771598book19730.50Scholem, GershomSabbatai Sevi; the mystical Messiah, 1626-1676HistoryBiography+-+816445641532475041ocn000377850book19490.53Scholem, GershomZohar, the Book of splendorCommentariesOne of the great masterpieces of Western religious thought, the Zohar represents an attempt to uncover hidden meanings behind the world of appearances. It is the central work in the literature of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. This volume of selected passages from the Zohar, culled by the greatest authority on Jewish mysticism, offers a sampling of its unique vision of the esoteric wonders of creation; the life and destiny of the soul; the confluence of physical and divine love; suffering and death; exile and redemption. From the Trade Paperback edition+-+798567053559211ocn021949419book19910.50Scholem, GershomOn the mystical shape of the godhead : basic concepts in the KabbalahHistory"Scholem's treatment is complex and stylistically brilliant as he systemically analyzes the history and intellectual background of these critical ideas. Highly recommended."--Library Journal. From the Trade Paperback edition+-+96356705355597ocn029357567book19940.63Benjamin, WalterThe correspondence of Walter Benjamin, 1910-1940Records and correspondence"Called "the most important critic of his time" by Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin has emerged as one of the most compelling thinkers of our time as well, his work assuming a crucial place in current debates over the interactions of art, culture, and meaning. A "natural and extraordinary talent for letter writing was one of the most captivating facets of his nature," writes Gershom Scholem in his Foreword; and indeed, Benjamin's correspondence reveals the evolution of some of his most powerful ideas. Published here in English for the first time, these letters offer an intimate picture of Benjamin himself and the times in which he lived. Written in a day when letters were an important vehicle for the presentation and development of intellectual matters, Benjamin's correspondence is rich in insight into the circumstances behind his often difficult work." "These letters provide a lively view of Benjamin's life and thought from his days as a student to his melancholy experiences as an exile in Paris. As he defends his changing ideas to admiring and skeptical friends - poets, philosophers, and radicals - we witness the restless self-analysis of a creative mind far in advance of his own time. Writing at length to Scholem and Theodor Adorno, and exchanging letters with Rainer Maria Rilke, Hannah Arendt, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Max Horkheimer, Max Brod, Bertolt Brecht, and Kafka's friend Felix Weltsch, Benjamin elaborates his ideas about metaphor and language. He reflects on literary figures from Kafka to Karl Kraus, the "Jewish Question" and anti-Semitism, Marxism and Zionism. And he expounds his personal attitudes toward such subjects as the role of quotations in criticism, history, and tradition; the meaning of being a "collector"; and French culture and the national character." "In sum, this magnificent collection is an exceptionally rich source of information and an essential key to understanding one of the preeminent figures of modern culture."--BOOK JACKET+-+928795177532455628ocn000635020book19600.66Scholem, GershomJewish Gnosticism, merkabah mysticism, and Talmudic tradition5525ocn029519756book19940.63Scholem, GershomGershom Scholem : the man and his workConference proceedingsIn the early part of the twentieth century, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) founded the academic discipline of the study of Jewish Mysticism. In so doing, he not only broke new scholarly ground; but he also revolutionized the field of Judaic Studies as a whole and left an indelible mark on the study of religion. This book presents essays by several of Israel's eminent scholars, reflecting on Scholem's impact on the academic and Jewish worlds, and his life as a scholar, a Jewish thinker, and an activist. The editor has provided an intellectual and spiritual biography of Scholem, which complements the papers by Ephraim Urbach, Joseph Ben-Shlomo, Isaiah Tishby, Rivka Schatz, Malachi Beit-Arie, Nathan Rotenstreich, and Joseph Dan. Together, they highlight the enduring signficance of Scholem's work, which has remained the touchstone for all further scholarship on Jewish Mysticism and Kabbala. This volume thus sets the context for the current debate conducted by a new generation of scholars, who have introduced fresh ideas, new methodologies--and radical critique of the man they still revere as their master. -- Back cover4359ocn018779457book19890.66Benjamin, WalterThe correspondence of Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem, 1932-1940BiographyRecords and correspondence+-+606926921539739ocn002532151book19660.79Benjamin, WalterBriefeRecords and correspondence29544ocn024062734book19570.56Scholem, GershomDie jüdische Mystik in ihren HauptströmungenHistory29420ocn006788374book19800.86Benjamin, WalterBriefwechsel 1933-1940Records and correspondence29145ocn003533258book19600.63Scholem, GershomZur Kabbala und ihrer SymbolikHistory29026ocn001950453book19610.77Scholem, GershomUrsprung und Anfänge der KabbalaHistoryMain description: Der gebürtige Berliner Gershom Scholem (1897 - 1982), der 1923 nach Jerusalem emigrierte, wurde einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit zunächst hauptsächlich als der Freund und Nachlaßverwalter Walter Benjamins, als Schüler, Verehrer und Antipode Martin Bubers und als Kritiker Franz Rosenzweigs bekannt. Erst in den letzten Jahrzehnten wurde die ungewöhnliche Breite und Tiefe seines Denkens zunehmend als herausragender Beitrag zur europäischen Geistesgeschichte erkannt. Heute gilt Scholem als einer der führenden Intellektuellen Westeuropas und Amerikas und einer der wichtigsten Juden des 20. Jahrhunderts überhaupt. Im Zentrum von Scholems schier unüberschaubaren Veröffentlichungen stand die Erforschung der als Kabbala bezeichneten jüdischen Mystik und mittelalterlichen Esoterik. Erst durch seine kritische Erfassung und Untersuchung der Quellen wurde es möglich, diese reichen, geheimnisvollen und versunkenen Traditionen jüdischer Geschichte zu entschlüsseln. Aus der Fülle seiner Publikationen ragt das Buch über "Ursprung und Anfänge der Kabbala" (1948 auf Hebräisch erschienen) heraus, das Scholem im persönlichen Gespräch als sein Hauptwerk bezeichnete. Die Neuauflage dieses Klassikers wird durch ein Geleitwort von Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich eröffnet, dessen persönlicher Verbindung zu Scholem und unermüdlichem Einsatz es zu verdanken ist, daß Scholems Werk 1962 überhaupt in einer deutschen Ausgabe erscheinen konnte. In einem ausführlichen Nachwort würdigt Joseph Dan, Schüler und Nachfolger Scholems auf dem Lehrstuhl für jüdische Mystik an der Hebräischen Universität von Jerusalem, Scholems epochalen Beitrag zur kritischen Erforschung der jüdischen Mystik+-+980726566826848ocn000247945book19630.70Scholem, GershomJudaica23345ocn490083504book19500.74Scholem, GershomLes grands courants de la mystique juive la Merkaba, la Gnose, la Kabbale, le Zohar, le Sabbatianisme, le HassidismeHistory22639ocn009983412book19650.50Scholem, GershomWalter Benjamin : the story of a friendshipBiographyGershom Scholem is celebrated as the twentieth century's most profound student of the Jewish mystical tradition; Walter Benjamin, as a master thinker whose extraordinary essays mix the revolutionary, the revelatory, and the esoteric. Scholem was a precocious teenager when he met Benjamin, who became his close friend and intellectual mentor. His account of that relationship'which was to remain crucial for both men'is both a celebration of his friend's spellbinding genius and a lament for the personal and intellectual self-destructiveness that culminated in Benjamin's suicide in 1940. At once prickly and heartbroken, argumentative and loving, Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship is an absorbing memoir with the complication of character and motive of a novel. As Scholem revisits the passionate engagements over Marxism and Kabbala, Europe and Palestine that he shared with Benjamin, it is as if he sought to summon up his lost friend's spirit again, to have the last word in the argument that might have saved his life+-+178526540616192ocn049852115file20010.37Aschheim, Steven EScholem, Arendt, Klemperer intimate chronicles in turbulent timesHistoryDiariesRecords and correspondenceScholem, Arendt, KlempererIntimate Chronicles in Turbulent TimesSteven E. AschheimThe way three prominent German-Jewish intellectuals confronted Nazism, as revealed by their intimate writings. Through an examination of the remarkable diaries and letters of three extraordinary and distinctive German-Jewish thinkers -- Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, and Victor Klemperer -- Steven E. Aschheim illuminates what these intimate writings reveal about their evolving identities and world views as the+-+641356807514978ocn053119491file20030.47Jacobson, EricMetaphysics of the profane the political theology of Walter Benjamin and Gershom ScholemWalter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem are regarded as two of the most famous and influential Jewish thinkers and writers of the twentieth century, and their late work is well-known. The importance of the intense intellectual partnership they forged in the years between the First World War and 1923, however, is less appreciated and understood. This is the first book to make the works of this untranslated and unpublished early period -- including Benjamin's and Scholem's ideas on messianism, language, divine justice, and the quest for a philosophy of Judaism -- accessible to a wider audien+-+380650687532414912ocn044963618file19910.47Handelman, Susan AFragments of redemption Jewish thought and literary theory in Benjamin, Scholem, and Levinas+-+942157807532414193ocn042855069file19920.47Finkelstein, NormanThe ritual of new creation Jewish tradition and contemporary literatureHistoryCriticism, interpretation, etc+-+554569642513207ocn705945740file20080.53Lazier, BenjaminGod interrupted heresy and the European imagination between the world warsHistoryCould the best thing about religion be the heresies it spawns? Leading intellectuals in interwar Europe thought so. They believed that they lived in a world made derelict by God's absence and the interruption of his call. In response, they helped resurrect gnosticism and pantheism, the two most potent challenges to the monotheistic tradition. In God Interrupted, Benjamin Lazier tracks the ensuing debates about the divine across confessions and disciplines. He also traces the surprising afterlives of these debates in postwar arguments about the environment, neoconservative politics, and heretical forms of Jewish identity. In lively, elegant prose, the book reorients the intellectual history of the era. God Interrupted also provides novel accounts of three German-Jewish thinkers whose ideas, seminal to fields typically regarded as wildly unrelated, had common origins in debates about heresy between the wars. Hans Jonas developed a philosophy of biology that inspired European Greens and bioethicists the world over. Leo Strauss became one of the most important and controversial political theorists of the twentieth century. Gershom Scholem, the eminent scholar of religion, radically recast what it means to be a Jew. Together they help us see how talk about God was adapted for talk about nature, politics, technology, and art. They alert us to the abiding salience of the divine to Europeans between the wars and beyond--even among those for whom God was long missing or dead+-+10128355963249944ocn711004461file20080.47Scholem, GershomMorton Smith and Gershom Scholem, correspondence 1945-1982Records and correspondenceThe American historian of ancient religions Morton Smith (1915-1991), had studied with the great scholar of Jewish mysticism Gershom Scholem (1897-1982), while in Jerusalem during the Second World War. After the war, the two started a long, fascinating and at times intense correspondence that ended only with Scholem's death. These letters, found in the Scholem archive in the National Library in Jerusalem, provide a rare perspective on the world and the approach of two leading historians of religion in the twentieth century. They also shed important new light upon Smith's discovery of a letter+-+24831695548786ocn051574898file19990.53Wasserstrom, Steven MReligion after religion Gershom Scholem, Mircea Eliade, and Henry Corbin at EranosHistoryAnnotation+-+55905564157863ocn004493672book19790.59Biale, DavidGershom Scholem : Kabbalah and counter-historyBiography+-+47881892157115ocn002224764book19760.50Scholem, GershomOn Jews and Judaism in crisis : selected essaysHistoryIncludes articles on Walter Benjamin, S.Y. Agnon, Martin Buber, and on Israel and the diaspora+-+49253343066568ocn007597132book19810.50Scholem, GershomWalter Benjamin : the story of a friendshipBiography"Gershom Scholem is celebrated as the twentieth century's most profound student of the Jewish mystical tradition; Walter Benjamin, as a master thinker whose extraordinary essays mix the revolutionary, the revelatory, and the esoteric. Scholem was a precocious teenager when he met Benjamin, who became his close friend and intellectual mentor. His account of that relationship - which was to remain crucial for both men - is both a celebration of his friend's genius and a lament for the personal and intellectual self-destructiveness that culminated in Benjamin's suicide in 1940." "Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship is an absorbing memoir with the complication of character and motive of a novel. As Scholem revisits the passionate engagements over Marxism and Kabbala, Europe and Palestine that he shared with Benjamin, it is as if he sought to summon up his lost friend's spirit again, to have the last word in the argument that might have saved his life."--BOOK JACKET+-+17852654066175ocn787849950file20080.47Djerassi, CarlFour Jews on Parnassus a conversation : Benjamin, Adorno, Scholem, SchönbergDramaThe desire for canonization and the process by which it is obtained are the underlying themes of this dialogue, with emphasis on Paul Klee's 'Angelus Novus', a canonized work that resonated deeply with Benjamin, Adorno and Scholem (and for which Djerassi presents a revisionist interpretation)+-+K9019668755454ocn022345817book19910.63Alter, RobertNecessary angels : tradition and modernity in Kafka, Benjamin, and ScholemCriticism, interpretation, etc+-+58115192153245296ocn005830613book19800.56Scholem, GershomFrom Berlin to Jerusalem : memories of my youthBiography+-+58253343063882ocn014187840book19870.63Dan, JosephGershom Scholem and the mystical dimension of Jewish history+-+97636296353681ocn048131940book20020.56Scholem, GershomA life in letters, 1914-1982Records and correspondence"Perhaps the greatest scholar of Jewish mysticism in the twentieth century, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) once said of himself, "I have no biography, only a bibliography." Yet, in thousands of letters written over his lifetime, Scholem's biography does unfold, inscribing a life that epitomized the intellectual ferment and political drama of an era. This selection of the best and most representative letters - drawn from the three-volume German edition - gives readers an intimate view of this remarkable man, from his troubled family life in Germany to his emergence as one of the leading lights of Israel during its founding and formative years." "In the letters, we witness the travails and vicissitudes of the Scholem family, a drama in which Gershom is banished by his father for his anti-kaiser Zionist sentiments; his antiwar, socialist brother is hounded and murdered by the Nazis; and his mother and remaining brothers are forced to emigrate. We see Scholem's friendships with some of the most intriguing intellectuals of the twentieth century - Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno - blossom and, on occasion, wither. And we learn firsthand about his Zionist commitment and his scholarly career, from his move to Palestine in the 1920s to his work as Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Hebrew University. Over the course of seven decades that comprised the most significant events of the twentieth century, these letters reveal how Scholem's scholarship is informed by the experiences he so eloquently described."--BOOK JACKET+-+47915592153524ocn080247511file20010.70Rosen, AlanDislocating the end climax, closure, and the invention of genreCriticism, interpretation, etc"Dislocating the End examines how two concepts - catastrophe and typology - have reconceived the notion of ending. This innovation in ending has in turn gone hand in hand with innovation in genre. Focusing on Shakespeare's King Lear, Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year, and Gershom Scholem's theory of catastrophe, this book shows the implications of displaced endings for tragedy, novel, and historiography."--BOOK JACKET+-+96028957352922ocn015108758book19870.50Gershom Scholem2344ocn237018871book20090.86Mosès, StéphaneThe angel of history : Rosenzweig, Benjamin, ScholemHistoryIn The Angel of History, Mosès looks at three Jewish philosophers--Franz Rosenzweig, Walter Benjamin, and Gershom Scholem--who formulated a new vision of history in 1920s Germany by moving away from the spirit of assimilation and the Enlightenment belief in humanity's inevitable progress. Instead, they imagined history as discontinuous, made of moments that form no totality but whose ruptures are both more significant--and more promising--than any apparent homogeneity. Their direct experience of the twentieth century's great upheavals led these three thinkers to abandon the old models of causality that had previously accounted for human experience, and their cultural and religious background allowed them to turn to the Jewish experience of history. Jewish messianism always had to confront the experience of catastrophe, deception, and failure. Mosès shows how this tradition informed a genuine Jewish conception of history in which redemption may--or may not--occur at any moment, giving a new chance for hope by locating utopia in the heart of the present. --From publisher's description+-+11669295352291ocn012081154book19850.74Schweid, EliezerJudaism and mysticism according to Gershom Scholem : a critical analysis and programmatic discussionHistoryCriticism, interpretation, etc2293ocn229036226book20100.86Idel, MosheOld worlds, new mirrors : on Jewish mysticism and twentieth-century thoughtThere emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries a new Jewish elite, notes Moshe Idel, no longer made up of prophets, priests, kings, or rabbis but of intellectuals and academicians working in secular universities or writing for an audience not defined by any one set of religious beliefs. In Old Worlds, New Mirrors Idel turns his gaze on figures as diverse as Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida, Franz Kafka and Franz Rosenzweig, Arnaldo Momigliano and Paul Celan, Abraham Heschel and George Steiner to reflect on their relationships to Judaism in a cosmopolitan, mostly European, context. Idel-himself one of the world's most eminent scholars of Jewish mysticism-focuses in particular on the mystical aspects of his subjects' writings. Avoiding all attempts to discern anything like a single "essence of Judaism" in their works, he nevertheless maintains a sustained effort to illumine especially the Kabbalistic and Hasidic strains of thought these figures would have derived from earlier Jewish sources. Looming large throughout is Gershom Scholem, the thinker who played such a crucial role in establishing the study of Kabbalah as a modern academic discipline and whose influence pervades Idel's own work; indeed, the author observes, much of the book may be seen as a mirror held up to reflect on the broader reception of Scholem's thought. -- Back cover+-+9586977635+-+8164456415324+-+8164456415324Thu Oct 16 15:24:34 EDT 2014batch81903