By David B. Ruderman
In 1797, in what's now the Czech Republic, Pin as Hurwitz released one of many best-selling Hebrew books of the fashionable period. Nominally a longer statement on a sixteenth-century kabbalist textual content, The e-book of the Covenant used to be actually a compendium of clinical wisdom and a guide of ethical habit. Its recognition stemmed from its skill to provide the clinical advances and ethical cosmopolitanism of its day within the context of Jewish felony and mystical culture. Describing the newest advancements in technological know-how and philosophy within the sacred language of Hebrew, Hurwitz argued that an highbrow knowing of the cosmos was once now not at odds with yet really key to attaining religious attainment.
In A Best-Selling Hebrew e-book of the fashionable period, David B. Ruderman bargains a literary and highbrow heritage of Hurwitz�s e-book and its legacy. Hurwitz not just wrote the booklet, yet was once instrumental in promoting it in addition and his good fortune eventually ended in the book of greater than 40 variants in Hebrew, Ladino, and Yiddish. Ruderman presents a multidimensional photo of the ebook and the highbrow culture it helped to inaugurate. Complicating money owed that think of glossy Jewish considered the made of an intensive holiday from a non secular, mystical earlier, Ruderman exhibits how, as a substitute, a fancy continuity formed Jewish society�s disagreement with modernity.
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A Best-Selling Hebrew Book of the Modern Era: The Book of the Covenant of Pinhas Hurwitz and Its Remarkable Legacy (Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies) by David B. Ruderman