Reappraisals and New Studies of the Modern Jewish Experience

Essays in Honor of Robert M. Seltzer


Reappraisals and New Studies of the Modern Jewish Experience brings together twenty scholars of Modern Jewish history and thought. The essays provide a fresh perspective on several central questions in Jewish intellectual, social, and religious history from the eighteenth century to the present in the contexts of Russia, Western and Central Europe, and the Americas.

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Brian M. Smollett, Ph.D. (2014), Assistant Dean of List College at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he also teaches courses in Jewish thought. He is a graduate of Binghamton University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the City University of New York, Graduate Center, where he earned his Ph.D. in Jewish history (2014). He formerly taught Jewish and European history at Queens College and at Hunter College (CUNY) where he was associate director of the program in Jewish studies. He has published a number of essays and reviews in the fields of Modern Jewish history and Jewish thought.

Christian Wiese, Ph.D. (1997), University of Frankfurt am Main, is the Martin Buber Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. His publications include Challenging Colonial Discourse: Jewish Studies and Protestant Theology in Wilhelmine Germany (Brill, 2005); The Life and Thought of Hans Jonas: Jewish Dimensions (University of New England Press, 2007).
"This excellent collection reflects the wide research interests of Prof. Seltzer, among which are modern Jewish life and identity, American Jewry and Jewish historiography. Articles include such subjects as language acquisition as a criterion of modernization in East Central Europe, lay and rabbinic conflict in mid-nineteenth century American Jewry, and the counter-enlightenment in Jamaica...Recommended for all academic collections in Jewish studies. --Jim Rosenbloom, Brandeis University, AJL Reviews, Vol V, No.4
Robert M. Seltzer: Scholar and Teacher Brian M. Smollett
Introduction: Jewish Identities in the Modern Period Christian Wiese
Language Acquisition as a Criterion of Modernization among East Central European Jews: The Case of Dov Ber Birkenthal of Bolechów Gershon David Hundert
Mikhah Yosef Berdichevsky and Shimon Dubnow: A Distant Regard and Appreciation William Cutter
Saul Borovoi’s Survival: An Odessa Tale about a Jewish Historian in Soviet Times Brian Horowitz
Defying Authority in the Pale: The Making of Soviet Jewish Rituals and the Emergence of Folk Legitimacy Elissa Bemporad
Pride and Pedigree: The Development of the Myth of Sephardic Aristocratic Lineage Jane S. Gerber
Joshua Hezekiah Decordova and a Rabbinic Counter-Enlightenment from Colonial Jamaica Stanley Mirvis
Merchant Colonies: Resettlement in Italy, France, Holland, and England, 1550–1700 David Sorkin
From Combat to Convergence: The Relationship between Heinrich Graetz and Abraham Geiger Michael A. Meyer
Kaplan and Personality Mel Scult
How Much Eastern Europe in American Jewish Thought?: The Case of Jacob B. Agus Zach Mann
Diaspora, Jewishness, and Difference in Isaiah Berlin’s Thought Arie M. Dubnov
Martin Buber and the Impact of World War I on the Prague Zionists Shmuel H. Bergman, Robert Weltsch, and Hans Kohn Christian Wiese
The Rise and Fall of a Jewish Vision in the Life and Thought of Hans Kohn Brian M. Smollett
How the Bible Expelled Religion from the American Schoolroom: The Causes and Consequences of Bible Wars in Nineteenth-Century American Schools Stepan F. Brumberg
Lay and Rabbinic Conflict in Mid-Nineteenth Century American Jewry Bruce L. Ruben
An International Solution for an International Problem: The JDC and the AJC in the 1930s Naomi W. Cohen
Stephen S. Wise and Golda Meir: Zionism, Israel, and American Power in the Twentieth Century Mark A. Raider
“We Must Build Anew”: Ideological Perspectives of the First Generation of Students to Attend Stephen S. Wise’s Jewish Institute of Religion Shirley Idelson
A Judaism for Moderns: Reflections on Contemporary Challenges Sanford Ragins
Writings of Robert M. Seltzer Compiled by Roberta Newman
All interested in Modern Jewish history and Jewish thinkers in the contexts of Europe and the Americas.
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