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Author Feiner, Shmuel

Common Titl Shorshe ha-ilun. English
Title The origins of Jewish secularization in eighteenth-century Europe / Shmuel Feiner ; translated by Chaya Naor

Publ Info Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  BM194 .F45413 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xvi, 330 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Jewish culture and contexts
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Pleasures and liberation from religious supervision -- Temptations of fashion and passion -- The mystical sect: subversive Sabbateans -- The rationalist sect: neo-Karaites and deists -- Providence is tested: secularization on the rise in the 1760s -- The supremacy of nature: deists on the margins -- The emergence of the new world -- Scandals and rebellions -- Replacing Mosaic laws with laws of freedom -- On the decline of Judaism: the last decade -- Soon our faith will be lost: deists and believers
Note Translated from Hebrew
Throughout the eighteenth century, an ever-sharper distinction emerged between Jews of the old order and those who were self-consciously of a new world. As aspirations for liberation clashed with adherence to tradition, as national, ethnic, cultural, and other alternatives emerged and a long, circuitous search for identity began, it was no longer evident that the definition of Jewishness would be based on the beliefs and practices surrounding the study of the Torah. In "The Origins of Jewish Secularization in Eighteenth-Century Europe" Shmuel Feiner reconstructs this evolution by listening to the voices of those who participated in the process and by deciphering its cultural codes and meanings. On the one hand, a great majority of observant Jews still accepted the authority of the Talmud and the leadership of the rabbis; on the other there was a gradually more conspicuous minority of "Epicureans" and "freethinkers." As the ground shifted, each individual was marked according to his or her place on the spectrum between faith and heresy, between devoutness and permissiveness or indifference. -- Book jacket
LC subject Haskalah
Judaism and secularism -- Europe -- History -- 18th century
Jews -- Intellectual life -- 18th century
Judaism -- Europe -- History -- 18th century
Jews -- Europe -- Identity -- 18th century
Add Author Naor, Chaya
ISBN 9780812242737 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0812242734 (hardcover : alk. paper)