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>Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy PB
מידע נוסף
שנה:
2002
דאנאקוד:
45-978914
ISBN:
978-1-874774-91-4
עמודים:
296
שפה:
מהדורה:
First
משקל:
495 גר'
כריכה:
כריכה רכה

Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy PB

The Life and Works of Rabbi Jehiel Jacob Weinberg 1884-1966

תקציר
The span of Rabbi Jehiel Jacob Weinberg's life (1884-1966) illuminates the religious and intellectual dilemmas that traditional Jewry has faced over the past century. Rabbi Weinberg became a central ideologue of modern Orthodoxy because of his positive attitude to secular studies and Zionism and his willingness to respond to social change in interpreting the halakhah-despite his traditional training in a Lithuanian yeshiva. But Weinberg was an unusual man: even at a time when he was defending the traditional yeshiva against all attempts at reform, he always maintained an interest in the wider world.

He left Lithuania for Germany at the beginning of the First World War, attended the University of Giessen, and increasingly identified with the Berlin school of German Orthodoxy. Although initially an apologist for the Nazi regime, he was soon recognized as German Orthodoxy's most eminent halakhic authority in its efforts to maintain religious tradition in the face of Nazi persecution. His approach, then and in his later halakhic writings, including the famous Seridei esh, derived from the conviction that the attempt to shore up Orthodoxy by increased religious stringency would only reduce its popular appeal.

Using a great deal of unpublished material, including private correspondence, Marc B. Shapiro discusses many aspects of Weinberg's life. In doing so he elucidates many institutional and intellectual phenomena of the Jewish world, a number of which have so far received little scholarly attention: the yeshivas of Lithuania; the state of the Lithuanian rabbinate; the musar movement; the Jews of eastern Europe in Weimar Germany; the Torah im Derekh Eretz movement and its variants; Orthodox Jewish attitudes towards Wissenschaft des Judentums; and the special problems of Orthodox Jews in Nazi Germany. Throughout, he shows the complex nature of Weinberg's character and the inner struggles of a man being pulled in different directions. Compellingly and authoritatively written, this book performs a great service in illuminating the life of one of twentieth-century Judaism's most enigmatic figures.
ביקורות ועוד
'Should be read by every serious student of modern Jewish history.'
Morton J. Merowitz, Shofar

'Splendid . . . a superlative book, elegantly written, fastidiously researched . . . This is scholarship of a high order.'
Jonathan Sacks, Le'ela

'This is a first rate, scholarly book' 
Mechy Frankel, Tradition

'Shapiro's excellent new study . . . is certainly one of the finest pieces of contemporary Jewish scholarship . . . a monumental study of a great man and a great rabbi. . . . In addition, this study offers the reader a detailed view of the complexities of Orthodox Jewish life in the twentieth century . . . serves not only as a study of Rabbi Jehiel Weinberg, but as a memorial to the vanished world of German Orthodoxy.' 
Zalman Alpert, Algemeiner Journal

'Of genuine distinction . . . Beautifully executed . . . The definitive account of an important subject in the study of the twentieth-century history of Judaism. No-one has to go over this subject again . . . Shapiro takes his place among the most promising and interesting and intelligent scholars of his generation.'
Jacob Neusner, Jewish Post & Opinion

'Thoroughly researched and highly readable . . . an excellently written book, highly recommended for all college-level libraries.'
Yisrael Dubitsky, AJL Newsletter

'We are indebted to Marc Shapiro for his brilliant work that brings to life this major halakhic personality.'
Simcha Krauss, Edah Journal

'No understanding of modern Jewish history can be considered complete without an understanding of how Orthodox Judaism encountered the modern world. Shapiro's study . . . is a major scholarly contribution'. 
Richard L. Rubenstein, American Jewish Congress Monthly

'Shapiro's signal contribution is to present Weinberg in the round: both the public and the private figure.'
David Singer, First Things

'Measured, careful, well-written, and critical yet respectful . . . a fine work of intellectual history and a worthy example of rabbinic biography written in accordance with the best standards of academic scholarship.'
Gershon Bacon, Studies in Contemporary Jewry