By Mark Kurlansky
A robust, DEEPLY relocating NARRATIVE OF wish REBORN
IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR
Fifty years after it used to be bombed to rubble, Berlin is once more a urban within which Jews assemble for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have lately emerged as vital new facilities of Jewish tradition. Small yet proud Jewish groups are revitalizing the traditional facilities of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. those courageous, decided Jewish women and men have selected to settle–or remain–in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, yet they've got paid a cost. one of the unforeseen risks, they've got needed to deal with an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the influence of the Jewish country on ecu life.
Delving into the intimate tales of ecu Jews from all walks of existence, Kurlansky weaves jointly a vibrant tapestry of people maintaining their traditions, and flourishing, within the shadow of background. An inspiring tale of a tenacious those who have rebuilt their lives within the face of incomprehensible horror, A selected Few is a testomony to cultural survival and a party of the deep bonds that suffer among Jews and eu civilization.
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15). 44 In De beatissimae Annae monogamia, fol. K7r, Agrippa says about his knowledge of Hebrew: “Non hebraeam linguam aliquando leviter agnovi, postea . . ” 42 18 erika rummel accordingly. The Jewish Kabbalah has two components: a speculative or theosophical, focusing on cosmology and creation and an ecstatic or mystical, focusing on achieving unity with God. Reuchlin placed the theosophical component of the Kabbalah at the center of his writings, whereas Agrippa tended to focus on magical powers derived from ecstatic practices elevating the practitioner into the divine sphere.
In De verbo miriﬁco30 Reuchlin explored the powers of the Hebrew language, which he cast as the original language and medium of communication between God and human beings. “The language of the Hebrews,” he wrote, “is simple, pure, uncorrupted, holy, brief, and consistent. ”31 Hebrew words therefore were not arbitrary but had a divinely sanctioned relationship to their referents. The world was created by the divine word, and the Kabbalah was the science by which the reader could discern the presence of God in Scripture and communicate with his spirit.
21 Both in Italy and in Northern Europe, Hebrew studies were initiated by humanists, but soon became the bailiwick of theologians and were promoted in the context of theological studies. Reuchlin who was principally responsible for introducing Hebrew studies in Germany, had a strong following among German humanists, but the leading Hebraists of the next generation were theologians: Conrad Pellican, Johannes Oecolampad, Sebastian Münster, Paul Fagius, and Theodore Bibliander saw Hebrew strictly as ancillary to Old Testament studies.
A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry by Mark Kurlansky