By David B. Ruderman
In 1797, in what's now the Czech Republic, Pin as Hurwitz released one of many best-selling Hebrew books of the fashionable period. Nominally a longer remark on a sixteenth-century kabbalist textual content, The ebook of the Covenant was once actually a compendium of medical wisdom and a handbook of ethical habit. Its acceptance stemmed from its skill to provide the clinical advances and ethical cosmopolitanism of its day within the context of Jewish criminal and mystical culture. Describing the most recent advancements in technological know-how and philosophy within the sacred language of Hebrew, Hurwitz argued that an highbrow figuring out of the cosmos was once no longer at odds with yet really key to reaching religious attainment.
In A Best-Selling Hebrew publication of the trendy period, David B. Ruderman bargains a literary and highbrow heritage of Hurwitz�s booklet and its legacy. Hurwitz not just wrote the ebook, yet used to be instrumental in promoting it in addition and his good fortune eventually ended in the ebook of greater than 40 variations in Hebrew, Ladino, and Yiddish. Ruderman offers a multidimensional photo of the e-book and the highbrow culture it helped to inaugurate. Complicating money owed that give some thought to glossy Jewish regarded as the fabricated from an intensive holiday from a non secular, mystical previous, Ruderman exhibits how, as a substitute, a fancy continuity formed Jewish society�s disagreement with modernity.
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A Best-Selling Hebrew Book of the Modern Era: The Book of the Covenant of Pinhas Hurwitz and Its Remarkable Legacy (Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies) by David B. Ruderman