Writing a Modern Jewish History

Writing a Modern Jewish History

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In this insightful book, an eclectic and distinguished group of writers explore the Jewish experience in the Americas and celebrate the legacy of Salo Wittmayer Baron (1895-1989), a preeminent scholar who revolutionized the study of Jewish history during his lengthy tenure at Columbia University. Barona€™s important ideas are reflected throughout these texts, which concern strategies for the continuous identity of a dispersed people. Featured essays discuss the meaning and significance of colonial portraits of American Jews; the history of an extraordinary group of Jews in the remote Amazon; the charitable fairs organized by Jewish women to raise money for various causes in nineteenth-century America; the place of Jews in postmodern American culture; the qJewish unconsciousa€ of the art critic Meyer Schapiro; and Salo Barona€™s influence as a historian and teacher. A group of poems by Robert Pinsky accompanies the essays. Together these writings form a dynamic interplay of ideas that encourages readers to think deeply about Jewish history and identity.Essays in Honor of Salo W. Baron Arthur Hertzberg Salo Wittmayer Baron, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Robert Pinsky. One of the things that most impressed me about Baron was that he was capable of expressing some very sharp opinions about people, especially after ... Their cultural formation was similar, but my father became the Orthodox Hasidic Rav in Baltimore and Baron a famous historian and ... He was too great a man, too great a historian, to demand uncritical admiration.

Title:Writing a Modern Jewish History
Author:Arthur Hertzberg
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2006


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