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The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov: A Russian National Myth by Steven Usitalo received an excellent review in the Canadian Slavonic Papers! (more)

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The Russian Cinema Reader (Vols. I & II) edited by Rimgaila Salys was recommended in CHOICE – Current Reviews for Academic Libraries! (more)

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Crafting the 613 Commandments: Maimonides on the Enumeration, Classification, and Formulation of the Scriptural Commandments by Albert D. Friedberg was just reviewed in The Midwest Book Review (June 2014). (more)

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Katka Reszke's Return of the Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generation of Jews in Poland received a positive review in the Slavic Review! (more)

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From Fashion to Politics: Hadassah and Jewish American Women in the Post World War II Era was reviewed in The American Jewish Archives Journal. (more)

4/22/2014 8:40:37 PM
Academic Studies Press is proud to announce its newest series: Lithuanian Studies. (more)

4/22/2014 8:18:18 PM
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4/21/2014 7:25:33 PM
Antisemitism on the Campus: Past & Present received an excellent review in Forward! (more)

4/18/2014 9:29:19 PM
I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah received a fantastic review in The Times Literary Supplement! (more)

3/20/2014 6:17:55 PM
Judaism Examined: Essays in Jewish Philosophy and Ethics has just been featured in "The Kosher Bookworm" section of The Jewish Star! (more)

3/6/2014 11:35:26 PM
Anthony Anemone and Peter Scotto discussed "I Am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary": The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms on the most recent Lapham's Quarterly podcast. (more)

2/14/2014 11:15:06 PM
Jewish Customs of Kabbalistic Origin: Their Origin and Practice received a glowing review in Wisconsin Bookwatch (The Midwest Book Review)! (more)

1/16/2014 11:21:36 PM
Prosaics and Other Provocations mentioned in "Favorite Books of 2013" in The New Yorker! (more)

12/3/2013 7:52:54 PM
Another Way, Another Time by Meir Persoff reviewed in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, November 2013. (more)

11/21/2013 12:53:20 AM
Living Jewishly: A Snapshot of a Generation featured in the "Community" section of Jewish News of Phoenix, AZ! (more)

11/11/2013 9:52:03 PM
A favorable review of Marat Grinberg's "I am to be read not from left to right, but in Jewish: from right to left": The Poetics of Boris Slutsky appears in the most recent Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (more)

11/4/2013 11:45:29 PM
Three Academic Studies Press titles reviewed in CHOICE this month! (more)

10/29/2013 10:18:53 PM
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10/24/2013 7:15:17 PM
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10/24/2013 12:00:37 AM
A new review of Chapaev and His Comrades in The Russian Review!         (more)

10/23/2013 12:19:27 AM
A glowing review of My Four Years in Soviet Russia by Yitzhak Erlichson just published in the October online book review magazine "MBR Bookwatch" (part of the Midwest Book Review). (more)

10/17/2013 8:27:23 PM
"If you want to understand contemporary Jewish life in Poland, this is the book to read."--From the great review of Katka Reszke's Return of the Jew by Connie Webber in this month's Jewish Renaissance (more)

9/16/2013 8:35:26 PM
Meir Persoff's Hats in the Ring featured in a full-page review in The Jerusalem Post Magazine on September 12! (more)

9/3/2013 6:06:25 PM
Meir Persoff shared his thoughts on Jonathan Sacks's tenure as Chief Rabbi--and the prospects for new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis--in The Guardian on Saturday. (more)

8/28/2013 12:34:42 AM
Reviews of two ASP books published in the fall issue of Slavic Review! (more)

8/13/2013 9:15:32 PM
Interview with Katka Reszke about her book, Return of the Jew, on the YIVO institute blog. (more)

8/5/2013 10:06:31 PM
"I Am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary": The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms reviewed on BOMBlog!         (more)

8/1/2013 10:51:21 PM
A new review of Reyfman`s Rank and Style in SEER! (more)

7/26/2013 7:38:12 PM
My Four Years in Soviet Russia featured on the YIVO Institute blog! (more)

7/25/2013 6:17:27 PM
A new review of "Tsar and God" and Other Essays in Russian Cultural Semiotics! (more)

7/24/2013 9:19:37 PM
Another positive review for Yuri Leving`s Keys to The Gift, published in SEER, April 2013! (more)

7/22/2013 11:10:59 PM
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7/8/2013 6:21:56 PM
Another very favorable review! God`s Kindness Has Overwhelmed Us reviewed by Berel Dov Lerner in the July issue of Reviews in Religion & Theology! (more)

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A highly favorable review of Yuri Leving`s Keys to The Gift in the Spring 2013 issue of SEEJ! (more)

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A new, favorable review of Gone to Pitchipoi by Rubin Katz in the most recent newsletter of The Hidden Child Foundation! (more)

6/25/2013 6:02:18 PM
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A new review of Strictly Kosher Reading by Yoel Finkelman! (more)

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6/15/2013 12:25:52 AM
A review of Alternative and Biomedicine in Israel just published in the latest issue of Symbolic Interaction! (more)

6/3/2013 7:26:51 PM
Professor Maxim D. Shrayer (Boston College) is the new editor of our series "Borderlines: Jews of Russia/Eastern Europe and Their Legacy." (more)

5/16/2013 8:01:07 PM
A new, favorable review of Three Jewish Journeys Through an Anthropologist`s Lens published in the current issue of the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies! (more)

5/7/2013 10:20:07 PM
Three of our titles are in this month`s Slavic and East European Review! (more)

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Hats in the Ring is the Jewish Chronicle's book of the week! Read the review at http://www.thejc.com/arts/books/106982/hats-ring (more)

4/26/2013 1:37:20 AM
Anthony Anemone and Peter Scotto's translations of Daniil Kharms featured on the Paris Review's blog! (more)

4/24/2013 5:39:41 PM
Katka Reszke quoted in The Guardian's article on the resurgence of Jewish culture in Poland (more)

1/29/2013 8:58:26 PM
Interview with Katka Reszke featured in Inside Full of Color for her forthcoming title Return of the Jew (more)

1/21/2013 6:31:02 PM
New Review of The Pillar of Volozhin by Gil S. Perl, featured in Jewish Ideas Daily (more)

1/17/2013 5:53:07 PM
Congratulations to Jeffrey S. Kress for winning the National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Education! (more)

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The Muselmann at the Water Cooler is the 2012 winner of the Helen and Stan Vine Jewish Canadian Book Award in the field of Holocaust Studies! (more)

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New Review for The Pale God published in Jewish Ideas Daily. (more)

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New Review for Jewish Thought in Dialogue by David Shatz in The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (more)

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The following Jewish Studies titles are new from Academic Studies Press:


Authority and Participation in a New Democracy: Political Struggles in Mapai, Israel's Ruling Party, 1948-1953.
by Avi Bareli
9781936235278
324 pp. cloth
$92.00
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Publication Date: June, 2014

Authority and Participation in a New Democracy focuses on the changes undergone by Mapai, Israel’s first ruling party, during Israel’s first years of independence, then analyzes the effects of these changes in relation to Israeli political culture. Bareli’s main claim is that it was only during this period that a hierarchically-organized group of leaders succeeded in imposing its dominance, fostering obedience within the party and creating oligarchic characteristics in Israel’s democracy. The influence of the kibbutz movement, the moshavim movement and of urban intelligentsia— who represented the opposite political view of participatory democracy—was reduced to a minimum. This process would have a profound impact on issues of equality, on the relations between veteran Israelis and immigrants from both European and Islamic countries, and on social and civic norms.

“A seminal study for the understanding of Israel’s formative years. Combining empathy with a sober critical approach, Bareli weaves together historical narrative and social analysis in presenting how the hegemonic Labor Party under David Ben-Gurion laid the foundations for Israel’s democratic system under conditions of war, siege, and mass immigration. Both the achievements and the challenges facing Israel today can be understood only in the context of what was achieved and what was neglected in the early years of the Jewish state.” —Shlomo Avineri, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Based on thorough and original research, this book illuminates the process by which Zionist Labour undertook nation- and state -building in the young Israel in of the 1950s. Bareli unfolds a drama of political and ideological struggles that were immanent to such a situation but which inevitably lead to Labour’s eclipse. This is an essential contribution to understanding Israeli current politics.” —Anita Shapira, Tel Aviv University

“The Israeli Labour Party is generally thought to have already been over-centralized and hegemonic in the years preceding the Independence. Avi Bareli offers quite a different picture. In the midst of war, massive immigration, economic hurdles, and acute privations, Mapai adapted and evolved into a modern political ruling party. Its course toward centralization was not due to departure from democratic principles but to the need of meeting the tremendous challenges facing a newly born pluralistic democracy. This thoughtful, meticulous, and illuminating book is one among the best political studies on the Founding era and on the workings of Israeli democracy in the transitional years to full statehood.” —Ran Halevi, Centre de recherches politiques Raymond Aron (Paris)

“The Hebrew version of Bareli’s authoritative study has long been required reading on Israeli political history. Bareli convincingly challenges the conventional images, disseminated by supporters and rivals alike, of an all-powerful Ben-Gurion in the 1950s. Bareli also offers a thorough revision of the historiography of the Israeli labor movement. He questions the ‘Whiggish interpretation’ of the struggle between socialism and etatism that has allegedly shaped its history, and demonstrates that both were essential elements in building the Israeli welfare state. Penetrating the ideological rhetoric, Bareli points to the tension between authority and participation as the major force that has shaped the history of Mapai in the first two decades of statehood: participation was the source of its strength, and authority the cause of its demise.” —Danny Gutwein, University of Haifa

Series: Israel: Society, Culture, and History


The Struggle for Jerusalem and the Holy Land: A New Inquiry into the Qur’an and Classic Islamic Sources on the People of Israel, their Torah, and their links to the Holy Land.
by Nissim Dana
9781618113795
262 pp. cloth
$55.00
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Publication Date: June, 2014

In recent generations, the Muslim and Arab world has been suffused with publications on the subject of the People of Israel, its Torah, and this people’s affinity to the Land of Israel. Most of these publications are tendentious, written with a hostile attitude toward Jews and Judaism; indeed, some of them are tainted with antisemitism.

The Qur’an, the Holy Scripture of the Muslims, also deals with the question of the status of Eretz Israel, the Land of Israel. Many of its exegetes, following in the tracks of Islam’s holy book, have done so as well. Somewhat surprisingly, perhaps, these Islamic sources express an approach asserting that this land is promised exclusively to the People of Israel. This book explores these sources and discusses them in light of the recent developments.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book.... It is a Copernican study: pioneering, fascinating, and carefully reasoned.” —Zeev Maghen, Chair, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Bar-Ilan University

“In an era in which “hearts and minds” are turned through disinformation and propaganda, through the use of shallow, unreliable channels of communication, great importance attaches to this deep, profound book”. —Moshe (Bogi) Yaalon, Minister of Defense, Israel

Series: No Series


The Israeli Nation-State: Political, Constitutional, and Cultural Challenges.
edited by Fania Oz-Salzberger, Yedidia Z. Stern
9781618113894
374 pp. cloth
$64.00
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Publication Date: June, 2014

This volume of original essays, by some of Israel’s most remarkable public and academic voices, offers a series of state-of-the art, accessible analyses of Israel’s ever-evolving theater of statecraft, public debates, and legal and cultural dramas, its deep divisions and—more surprisingly, perhaps—its internal affinities and common denominators.

Contributors: Fania Oz-Salzberger, Yedidia Z. Stern, Ayman K. Agbaria, Aviad Bakshi, Ariel L. Bendor, Ruth Gavison, Michael M. Karayanni, David Passig, Avi Sagi, Gideon Sapir, Anita Shapira, Daniel Statman, Gadi Taub, Shira Wolosky, Alexander Yakobson, Yaffa Zilbershats.

“There can be no more urgent issues facing the contemporary State of Israel than the relationship between democracy and its Jewish identity. In these trenchant and timely essays, the authors—all of them distinguished Israeli scholars—approach the question with tools of political theory, history, law and the philosophy of religion.” —David Biale, Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor, University of California, Davis

“An outstanding collection of essays by the leading scholars writing on modern Israel. Anyone who wants to think deeper about the Jewish and democratic character of Israel and the complicated relationship between state and religion should read this book.” —Michael Brenner, Distinguished Historian in Residence and Director of the Center for Israel Studies, American University

“The essays in this volume are always illuminating, often passionate, and at times provocative. They enrich our understanding of Israel’s political and legal system, and they are particularly useful for providing differing perspectives on the ongoing debate over whether Israel can be both a Jewish and democratic state. Clearly and accessibly written, this volume will be a valuable resource for undergraduates and general readers as well as specialists.” —Derek Penslar, Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies, University of Oxford

Series: Israel: Society, Culture, and History


Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Era: Essays in Intellectual History.
by Alessandro Guetta
9781618112088
300 pp. cloth
$79.00
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Publication Date: April, 2014

Between the years 1550 and 1650, Italy's Jewish intellectuals created a unique and enduring synthesis of the great literary and philosophical heritage of the Andalusian Jews and the Renaissance`s renewal of perspective. While remaining faithful to the beliefs, behaviors, and language of their tradition, Italian Jews proved themselves open to a rapidly evolving world of great richness. The crisis of Aristotelianism (which progressively touched upon all fields of knowledge), religious fractures and unrest, the scientific revolution, and the new perception of reality expressed through a transformation of the visual arts: these are some of the changes experienced by Italian Jews which they were affected by in their own particular way. This book explores the complex relations between Jews and the world that surrounded them during a critical period of European civilization. The relations were rich, problematic, and in some cases strained, alternating between opposition and dialogue, osmosis and distinction.

“Nine momentous essays in intellectual history of Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Period, by one of the most skilled specialists of the field. Topics deal with a wide range of issues, such as philosophy, Kabbalah, humanism, politics, allegorical representations of space, and others. Although deeply scholarly, the well-designed approach of the author will undoubtedly fascinate many broadminded ordinary readers.” — Robert Bonfil, Emeritus Professor of Jewish History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Alessandro Guetta is one of the leading scholars of the cultural history of Italian Jewry in early modern times today. Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Era brings together a fine collection of papers published over the last ten years, some of which were originally published in Italian and French, and now reproduced in an English translation. These nine studies, covering the period from the late fifteenth century to the early nineteenth century, focus on the diverse aspects of the process of modernization of Italian Jewish culture from the Renaissance until the Jewish Enlightenment.” — Abraham Melamed, Professor of Jewish History and Thought, University of Haifa

Series: Perspectives in Jewish Intellectual Life


Soviet Jews in World War II: Fighting, Witnessing, Remembering.
by Gennady Estraikh, Harriet Murav
9781618113139
270 pp. cloth
$69.00
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Publication Date: April, 2014

This volume discusses the participation of Jews as soldiers, journalists, and propagandists in combating the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War, as the period between June 22, 1941, and May 9, 1945 was known in the Soviet Union. The essays included here examine both newly-discovered and previously-neglected oral testimony, poetry, cinema, diaries, memoirs, newspapers, and archives. This is one of the first books to combine the study of Russian and Yiddish materials, reflecting the nature of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, which, for the first time during the Soviet period, included both Yiddish-language and Russian-language writers. This volume will be of use to scholars, teachers, students, and researchers working in Russian and Jewish history.

“This collection tells stories of Jews in World War II which are practically unknown in the West. These stories are not about the Warsaw Ghetto or Auschwitz, but about Soviet Jewish soldiers, partisans, intellectuals and artists, men and women who fought in the bloodiest battles that the world has known. Drawing on a wide variety of little-known sources, such as private letters, archival documents, memoirs, newspaper reports, novels, poems, photographs and film, this book paints a vivid and dramatic picture of human suffering and heroism." –Mikhail Krutikov, University of Michigan

“An impressive introduction to new sources and groundbreaking methods in the study of Soviet-Jewish experience during the Second World War. The studies combine an impressive range of critical and historical approaches with solid learning.” –Olga Litvak, Clark University

Series: Borderlines: Russian and East European-Jewish Studies


Palestine in Turmoil: The Struggle for Sovereignty, 1933-1939 (Vol. I).
by Monty Noam Penkower
9781618113153
348 pp. cloth
$59.00
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Publication Date: April, 2014

Available in paper:
9781618113672
$39.00
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Publication Date: April, 2014

This comprehensive account examines the growing conflict between Arab and Jew in Palestine that first surfaced clearly in the pivotal years 1933-1939, and which proved to be an irreconcilable rift once the leadership of both peoples refused to accept minority status. A compelling narrative, lucidly written and rooted in extensive archival sources, explores the deadly clash of two rival nationalisms against the broader backdrop of rising antisemitism across Europe, the intervention of Arab states, and international realpolitik. The various suggestions then advanced for resolving the Palestine dilemma, as well as the internal divisions which beset the two rivals for political independence, are also reviewed in these pages. The two volumes, one devoted to the years 1933-1936 and the second to the years 1937-1939, serve as a riveting prequel to Professor Penkower's Decision on Palestine Deferred: America, Britain and Wartime Diplomacy, 1939-1945.

Praise for Palestine in Turmoil:

“A masterful examination of a key period in the history of mandatory Palestine by one of the foremost historians of the modern Jewish experience. A must read for anyone interested in understanding the origin of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and its stubborn resistance to a peaceful settlement.” —Efraim Karsh, Professor of Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, King’s College London, and author of Palestine Betrayed

“This is a thorough, painstaking analysis of the various forces that shaped Palestine’s fate in the decade that preceded the Second World War. Beyond its undoubted contribution to the historical knowledge of the 1930s, Penkower’s book refutes convincingly the Palestinians’ claim that Israel has been an outcome of the Holocaust—an assertion that many Israelis and others axiomatically accept. He shows how the basis of Jewish statehood in the Land of Israel had been established already before the war and the destruction of European Jewry. Similarly, Penkower shows how Palestinian-Arab society’s collapse had begun before the war.” —Yoav Gelber, Professor of History, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, and author of Palestine 1948: War, Escape, and the Emergence of the Palestinian Refugee Problem

Series: No Series


Palestine in Turmoil: The Struggle for Sovereignty, 1933-1939 (Vol. II).
by Monty Noam Penkower
9781618113177
408 pp. cloth
$59.00
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Publication Date: April, 2014

Available in paper:
9781618113689
$39.00
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Publication Date: April, 2014

This comprehensive account examines the growing conflict between Arab and Jew in Palestine that first surfaced clearly in the pivotal years 1933-1939, and which proved to be an irreconcilable rift once the leadership of both peoples refused to accept minority status. A compelling narrative, lucidly written and rooted in extensive archival sources, explores the deadly clash of two rival nationalisms against the broader backdrop of rising antisemitism across Europe, the intervention of Arab states, and international realpolitik. The various suggestions then advanced for resolving the Palestine dilemma, as well as the internal divisions which beset the two rivals for political independence, are also reviewed in these pages. The two volumes, one devoted to the years 1933-1936 and the second to the years 1937-1939, serve as a riveting prequel to Professor Penkower's Decision on Palestine Deferred: America, Britain and Wartime Diplomacy, 1939-1945.

Praise for Palestine in Turmoil:

“A masterful examination of a key period in the history of mandatory Palestine by one of the foremost historians of the modern Jewish experience. A must read for anyone interested in understanding the origin of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and its stubborn resistance to a peaceful settlement.” —Efraim Karsh, Professor of Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, King’s College London, and author of Palestine Betrayed

“This is a thorough, painstaking analysis of the various forces that shaped Palestine’s fate in the decade that preceded the Second World War. Beyond its undoubted contribution to the historical knowledge of the 1930s, Penkower’s book refutes convincingly the Palestinians’ claim that Israel has been an outcome of the Holocaust—an assertion that many Israelis and others axiomatically accept. He shows how the basis of Jewish statehood in the Land of Israel had been established already before the war and the destruction of European Jewry. Similarly, Penkower shows how Palestinian-Arab society’s collapse had begun before the war.” —Yoav Gelber, Professor of History, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, and author of Palestine 1948: War, Escape, and the Emergence of the Palestinian Refugee Problem

Series: No Series


The Angel of Jewish History: The Image of the Jewish Past in the Twentieth Century.
by Ronny Miron
9781618113481
470 pp. cloth
$74.00
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Publication Date: April, 2014

The Angel of Jewish History casts a philosophical gaze upon the relationship between the traditional Jewish past and the present through the metaphysical worldviews of five formative Jewish studies scholars: Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Amos Funkenstein, Gershom Scholem, Baruch Kurzweil, and Nathan Rotenstreich. Their hermeneutic worldviews and writings deal with the nature and formation of modern Judaism, the Wissenschaft des Judentums, historicism, the image of the Jewish past and tradition, secularization, and God’s status in present-day Jewish reality. In this volume, these issues are explored against the background of the tense discourse between the perception of modern Jewish reality as a break from the past and tradition and the argument for continuity despite the changes and developments of modernity.

“Ronny Miron’s brilliant new book is the first to address the philosophy of Jewish history as the interplay between immanence and transcendence, between what is exposed and what is hidden, between subjectivity and collective memory. In her close readings of Yerushalmi, Funkenstein, Scholem, Kurzweil, and Rotenstreich she explores the dialectics involved in their various attempts at coming to terms with the metaphysical dimensions of the Jewish past, whose transcendent elements cannot be made fully transparent by the subjective consciousness of the historian. Miron’s impressive work of synthesis will no doubt emerge as an indispensable addition to the fields of Jewish history and Jewish philosophy alike.” –Anthony Kauders, Keele University

“Who is the Angel of Jewish History? God? Jews? Historian? Mystic? Poet? Practical Man? Doubtlessly all of them including a Philosopher like Ronny Miron who seeks to interpret the views of the five XX century Jewish thinkers in the hermeneutical way and discloses unavoidable tensions and bridges between immanence and transcendence, past and future, secularism and religion. This is a book not exclusively for the Jews who try to understand the enigma of their history, but it provides also the unique opportunity to grasp that the Jewish History is a pattern of the History of any Nation.” –Alfred Marek Wierzbicki, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

Series: Emunot: Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah


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