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The Light of Learning

Hasidism in Poland on the Eve of the Holocaust

Dynner, Glenn (Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies, Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies, Fairfield Univeristy)

The Light of Learning

The Light of Learning

Hasidism in Poland on the Eve of the Holocaust

The Light of Learning

 

The Light of Learning is a pioneering study that belies notions of late Hasidic decadence and decline, and transforms our understanding of Polish Jewry during its final hour. In interwar Poland, Hasidism underwent a pedagogical revolution.


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Beschrijving The Light of Learning

The Light of Learning tells the story of an unexpected Hasidic revival in Poland on the eve of the Holocaust. In the aftermath of World War I, the Jewish mystical movement appeared to be in shambles. Hasidic leaders had dispersed, Hasidic courts lay in ruins, and the youth seemed swept up in secularist trends as a result of mandatory public schooling and new Jewish movements like Zionism and Socialism. Author Glenn Dynner shows that in response to this, Hasidic leaders reinvented themselves as educators devoted to rescuing the youth by means of thriving networks of heders (primary schools), Bais Yaakov schools for girls and women, and world-renowned yeshivas.

During the ensuing pedagogical revolution, Hasidic yeshivas soon overshadowed courts, and Hasidic leaders became known more for scholarship than miracle-working. By mobilizing Torah study, Hasidic leaders were able to subvert the "civilizing" projects of the Polish state, successfully rival Zionists and Socialists, and create clandestine yeshiva bunkers in ghettos during the Holocaust. Torah study was thus not only a spiritual-intellectual endeavor but a political practice that fueled a formidable culture of resistance. The Light of Learning belies notions of late Hasidic decadence and decline and transforms our understanding of Polish Jewry during its final hour.


ISBN
9780197670637
Pagina's
320
Verschijnt
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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