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Title:
From Berlin to Jerusalem : memories of my youth
Author:
Scholem, Gershom, 1897-1982.
Uniform Title:
Von Berlin nach Jerusalem. English
Publication Information:
New York : Schocken Books, [1980]

©1980
Physical Description:
178 pages, 2 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Translation of Von Berlin nach Jersualem.

Includes index.
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9780805237382
Format :
Book

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Summary

Author Notes

Gershom Scholem's contribution to the understanding of Jewish mysticism is so dramatic that it warrants a separate introduction. As a young student of mathematics, he became a Zionist and his interest shifted to Jewish history. Scholem moved from Germany to become the librarian of the new University and National Library in Jerusalem in 1923 and served as a professor at Hebrew University from 1935 to 1965. Before him, Jewish historians during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries scorned the ignored mystical dimension of Judaism as a relic of premodern superstition and ignorance. Scholem's erudition and deep insight gave Cabala a scholarly audience. His writings are often difficult to read, but they are indispensable for any thorough knowledge of the subject of Jewish mysticism. (Bowker Author Biography)