The Messianic Idea in Judaism: And Other Essays on Jewish Spirituality

The Messianic Idea in Judaism: And Other Essays on Jewish Spirituality


Gershom Scholem used to be the grasp builder of ancient experiences of the Kabbalah. whilst he started to paintings in this overlooked box, the few who studied those texts have been both amateurs who have been searching for occult knowledge, or old-style Kabbalists who have been looking tips on their non secular trips. His paintings broke with the outlook of the students of the former century in Judaica—die Wissenschaft des Judentums, the technology of Judaism—whose orientation he rejected, calling their “disregard for the main very important points of the Jewish humans as a collective entity: a kind of “censorship of the Jewish past.” the most important founders of contemporary Jewish ancient stories within the 19th century, Leopold Zunz and Abraham Geiger, had missed the Kabbalah; it didn't healthy into their account of the Jewish faith as rational and helpful of admire via “enlightened” minds. the single exception was once the historian Heinrich Graetz. He had paid colossal recognition to its texts and to their such a lot explosive exponent, the fake Messiah Sabbatai Zevi, yet Graetz had depicted the Kabbalah and all that flowed from it as an unworthy insurrection from the underground of Jewish lifestyles opposed to its average, law-abiding, and discovered mainstream. Scholem carried out a continuous polemic with Zunz, Geiger, and Graetz by way of bringing into view a Jewish prior extra different, extra important, and extra fascinating than any idealized portrait might reveal.
from the Foreword through Arthur Hertzberg, 1995

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