From Berlin to Jerusalem: Memories of My Youth

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Paul Dry Books, Feb 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 187 pages
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"A serene, lucid and stylish essay in intellectual autobiography that at the same time commemorates a vanished world."—Times Literary Supplement

"An extraordinary life—one that itself takes on symbolic, if not mystical, significance." —Robert Coles

From Berlin to Jerusalem portrays the dual dramas of the author's total break from his middle-class German Jewish family and his ever-increasing dedication to the study of Jewish thought. Played out during the momentous years just before, during, and after World War I, these experiences eventually led Scholem to immigrate to Palestine in 1923.

"Gershom Scholem is historian who has remade the world…He is coming to be seen as one of the greatest shapers of contemporary thought, possibly the boldest mind-adventurer of our generation."—Cynthia Ozick, New York Times Book Review

"A remarkable book."—Harold Bloom

"[Scholem] vividly describes the spiritual and intellectual odyssey that drew him…to a rigorous immersion in the texts of Jewish tradition."—Library Journal

 

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An exciting piece of history unfolds in this book. The reader gets an idea about what it was like to be a Jew in Berlin at the beginning of the 20th century (in the 1900s and 1910s), and a Zionist Jew ... Read full review

Contents

Background and childhood 18971910
1
Jewish milieu
21
Jewish awakening 19111914
36
student in Berlin 19151916
60
Pension struck 1917
83
Jena 19171918
95
Berne 19181919
106
munich 19191922
116
Berlin and Frankfurt once again 19221923
142
Jerusalem 19231925
161
Index
175
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About the author (2012)

Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) was born in Berlin and educated at the Universities of Berlin, Jena, Bern, and Munich. In 1923, he immigrated to Palestine, where he devoted the rest of his life to the study of the Jewish mystical tradition and the Kabbala. In Jerusalem, he was appointed the first professor of Jewish mysticism at Hebrew University and served as president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Scholem was the author of many books, including Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, and On Jews and Judaism in Crisis: Selected Essays (also now available from Paul Dry Books).

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