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Author: Olga Litvak
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2012.
Series: Key words in Jewish studies, v. 3.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Commonly translated as the "Jewish Enlightenment," the Haskalah propelled Jews into modern life. Olga Litvak argues that the idea of a Jewish modernity, championed by adherents of this movement, did not originate in Western Europe's age of reason. Litvak contends that the Haskalah spearheaded a Jewish cultural revival, better understood against the background of Eastern European Romanticism. Based on imaginative  Read more...
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Litvak, Olga.
Haskalah : The Romantic Movement in Judaism.
Piscataway : Rutgers University Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Olga Litvak
ISBN: 9780813554372 0813554373 0813554357 9780813554358
OCLC Number: 821738214
Description: 1 online resource (240 pages).
Contents: Part. I. Terms of debate --
Wrong time, wrong place --
Beyond the enlightenment --
Part II. State of the question --
Haskalah and history --
Haskalah and modern Jewish thought --
Part III. In a new key --
Exile --
New creation --
Faith --
Paradise --
Fall --
The end of Enlightenment.
Series Title: Key words in Jewish studies, v. 3.
Responsibility: Olga Litvak.

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"Commonly translated as the "Jewish Enlightenment," the Haskalah propelled Jews into modern life. Olga Litvak argues that the idea of a Jewish modernity, championed by adherents of this movement, did not originate in Western Europe's age of reason. Litvak contends that the Haskalah spearheaded a Jewish cultural revival, better understood against the background of Eastern European Romanticism. Based on imaginative and historically grounded readings of primary sources, Litvak presents a compelling case for rethinking the most important concepts that currently inform the positioning of the Haskalah within the context of Jewish emancipation, nationalism, and secularization. Most importantly, she challenges the prevailing view that the Haskalah was the political and philosophical mainspring of Jewish liberalism. In Litvak's ambitious rereading, nineteenth-century Eastern European intellectuals emerge as the authors of a Jewish Romantic revolution. Fueled by unfulfilled longings for community, spiritual perfection, and historical authenticity, the poets and scholars associated with the Haskalah were ambivalent about the contemporary struggle for Jewish equality and the quest for material improvement. Their skepticism about the universal promise of Enlightenment continues to shape Jewish political and religious values."--Project Muse.

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"Olga Litvak marshals stunning erudition in a nigh-magical fashion as she revises the reigning conception of the Haskalah as a Jewish version of the European Enlightenment."

 
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