Journals Higher Education

$49.50

Hardcover

Published: 19 May 2016

222 Pages

ISBN: 9781906764623


Bookseller Code (06)

Kabbalah and Jewish Modernity

Roni Weinstein

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization in association with Liverpool University Press

This sociological reading of the kabbalistic ideas of the early modern period suggests that they gained acceptance because they responded to the needs of contemporary Jewish society. Although they were presented as continuing a tradition, their goal was reformation: few aspects of Jewish life were not changed in consequence. This broadly based and innovative study challenges accepted ideas on the origins of Jewish modernity, and also shows how Counter-Reformation Catholicism affected these developments. The Hebrew edition of the book was awarded the Goren-Gottstein Prize for the Best Book in Jewish Thought 2010-2012

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