Jews in an Illusion of Paradise

Jews in an Illusion of Paradise

Author: Norman Toby Simms

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ISBN: 1443817309

Category: Jews

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The focus of this volume is on essential themes, images and generic patterns, beginning with a Talmudic legend about four scholars. They, by means of daring mystical interpretations of Scripture, entered a Paradise, representing different means of imaginative reading, perception, memory and application of the law. One of them died, one went mad, another became a heretic and the other came back as a traditional exegete and teacher. Based on that legend, this book examines a small group of late 19th and early 20th century European Jewish intellectuals and artists in the light of their dreams, writings, and moments of crisis. These men and women, comedians in both the sense of stage actors and clowns or witty performers, believed they had entered a new secular and tolerant society, but discovered that there was no escape from their Jewish heritage and way of seeing the world. This monograph looks into the imperfect mirror of cultural experience, discovers a hazy world of illusions, dreams and nightmares on the other side of the looking glass, and sometimes constructs a midrashic conceit of the comical and grotesque screen between them.

Jews in an Illusion of Paradise
Language: en
Pages: 410
Authors: Norman Simms
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-03-07 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

The focus of this volume is on essential themes, images and generic patterns, beginning with a Talmudic legend about four scholars. They, by means of daring mystical interpretations of Scripture, entered a Paradise, representing different means of imaginative reading, perception, memory and application of the law. One of them died,
Jews in an Illusion of Paradise
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Norman Toby Simms
Categories: Jews
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017 - Publisher:

The focus of this volume is on essential themes, images and generic patterns, beginning with a Talmudic legend about four scholars. They, by means of daring mystical interpretations of Scripture, entered a Paradise, representing different means of imaginative reading, perception, memory and application of the law. One of them died,
Jews in an Illusion of Paradise
Language: en
Pages: 553
Authors: Norman Simms
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-01-23 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

These further six chapters of Jews in an Illusion of Paradise now focus on individual exemplary figures and clusters of poets, dramatists, critics, journalists, art historians—Jews whose achievements were once celebrated, but now are almost all but forgotten, not because of changes in aesthetic taste or style but because of
Textual Transmission in Contemporary Jewish Cultures
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Avriel Bar-Levav, Uzi Rebhun
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-02-27 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Jewish culture places a great deal of emphasis on texts and their means of transmission. At various points in Jewish history, the primary mode of transmission has changed in response to political, geographical, technological, and cultural shifts. Contemporary textual transmission in Jewish culture has been influenced by secularization, the return
Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society
Language: en
Pages: 335
Authors: Richard I. Cohen
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

"Bringing together contributions from a diverse group of scholars, Volume XXX of Studies in Contemporary Jewry presents a multifaceted view of the subtle and intricate relations between Jews and their relationship to place. The symposium covers Europe, the Middle East, and North America from the 18th century to the 21st."--