Textual Transmission in Contemporary Jewish Cultures

ISBN : 9780197516485

Avriel Bar-Levav; Uzi Rebhun
360 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
May 2020
Studies in Contemporary Jewry
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Jewish culture places a great deal of emphasis on texts and their means of transmission. At various points in Jewish history, the primary mode of transmission has changed in response to political, geographical, technological, and cultural shifts. Contemporary textual transmission in Jewish culture has been influenced by secularization, the return to Hebrew and the emergence of modern Yiddish, and the new centers of Jewish life in the United States and in Israel, as well as by advancements in print technology and the invention of the Internet. Volume XXXI of Studies in Contemporary Jewry deals with various aspects of textual transmission in Jewish culture in the last two centuries.

Essays in this volume examine old and new kinds of media and their meanings; new modes of transmission in fields such as Jewish music; and the struggle to continue transmitting texts under difficult political circumstances. Two essays analyze textual transmission in the works of giants of modern Jewish literature: S.Y. Agnon, in Hebrew, and Isaac Bashevis Singer, in Yiddish. Other essays discuss paratexts in the East, print cultures in the West, and the organization of knowledge in libraries and encyclopedias.


Textual Transmission in Contemporary Jewish Cultures
Avriel Bar-Levav, Library Awareness and Textual Intimacy in Contemporary Jewish Culture
Itay Marienberg-Milikowsky, Digital Research of Jewish Texts: Challenges and Opportunities
Yaniv Hagbi, Textual Transmission as Textual Participation: The Case of Materialism in S.Y. Agnon's Perception of Language
Jan Schwarz, The Lost Souls of Meshugah: Textual Transmission of Isaac Bashevis Singer's World Literature
Gennady Estraikh, Yiddish Publishing in the Soviet Union, 1953-1991
Andreas Lehnardt, The Discovery and Recovery of Hebrew Manuscripts: The Case of Germany
Edwin Seroussi, The Jewish Liturgical Music Printing Revolution: A Preliminary Assessment
Ido Ramati, Media in the Dissemination of Land of Israel Songs
Guy Bracha, Digitization of Jewish Nahda Texts: Knowing the Enemy or Preserving a Heritage?
Yigal S. Nizri, Fit to Sacrifice on the Altar of Print: Approbation Letters and the Printing of 19th-Century Moroccan Halakhic Books
Arndt Engelhardt, Transferring Jewish Knowledge: F.A. Brockhaus as a Publisher of Judaica and Orientalia
Dan Tsahor, Knowledge and the Making of a Jewish Nation: Encyclopedia, Historical Narrative, and the Origins of Jewish Nationalism
Adi Livny, Fighting Partition, Saving Mount Scopus: The Pragmatic Binationalism of D.W. Senator (1930-1949)
Book Reviews (arranged by subject)
Antisemitism, Holocaust, and Genocide
Eliyana R. Adler and Sheila E. Jelen (eds.), Reconstructing the Old Country: American Jewry in the Post-Holocaust Decades, Sean Martin
Eugene M. Avrutin, Jonathan Dekel-Chen, and Robert Weinberg (eds.), Ritual Murder in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Beyond, David Biale
Batya Brutin, Hayerushah: hashoah biytzirotehem shel omanim yisreelim benei hador hasheni (The Inheritance: The Holocaust in the Artworks of Second Generation Israeli Artists), Tamara Abramovitch
Diana Dumitru, The State, Antisemitism, and Collaboration in the Holocaust: The Borderlands of Romania and the Soviet Union, Samuel Barnai
Mark Edele, Sheila Fitzpatrick, and Atina Grossmann (eds.), Shelter from the Holocaust: Rethinking Jewish Survival in the Soviet Union, Zvi Gitelman
Amir Goldstein, Derekh rabat panim: tziyonuto shel Zeev Jabotinsky lenokhah haantishemiyut (Zionism and Anti-Semitism in the Thought and Action of Ze'ev Jabotinsky), Avi Shilon
Patrizia Guarnieri, Italian Psychology and Jewish Emigration under Fascism: From Florence to Jerusalem and New York, Sergio DellaPergola
Cultural Studies, Literature, and Religion
Ken Frieden, Travels in Translation: Sea Tales at the Source of Jewish Fiction, Nancy Sinkoff
Sarah Hammerschlag, Broken Tablets: Levinas, Derrida, and the Literary Afterlife of Religion, Michael Roubach
Vivian Liska, German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife: A Tenuous Legacy, Paul Mendes-Flohr
Edna Nahshon (ed.), New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway, Vassili Schedrin
Karen E.H. Skinazi, Women of Valor: Orthodox Jewish Troll Fighters, Crime Writers, and Rock Stars in Contemporary Literature and Culture, Naomi Mandel
Jeffrey Summit, Singing God's Word: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary Judaism, Sonja K. Pilz
History, Biography, and Social Science
Matthew Baigell, The Implacable Urge to Defame: Cartoon Jews in the American Press, 1877-1935, Diana L. Linden
Matthew Baigell, Social Concern and Left Politics in Jewish American Art, 1880-1940, Diana L. Linden
Ido Bassok, Tehiyat hane'urim: mishpahah vehinukh beyahadut polin bein milhamot ha'olam (Revival of Youth: Family and Education among Interwar Polish Jewry), Samuel D. Kassow
Shannon L. Fogg, Stealing Home: Looting, Restitution, and Reconstructing Jewish Lives in France, 1942-1947, Renee Poznanski
Zvi Gitelman (ed.), The New Jewish Diaspora: Russian-Speaking Immigrants in the United States, Israel, and Germany, Larissa Remennick
Maxine Jacobson, Modern Orthodoxy in American Judaism: The Era of Rabbi Leo Jung, Samuel Heilman
Kamil Kijek, Dzieci Modernizmu: Swiadomosc, kultura i socjalizacja polityczna mlodziezy zydowskiej w II Rzeczpospolitej (Children of Modernism: The Consciousness Culture and Political Socialization of Jewish Youth in the Second Polish Republic), Samuel D. Kassow
Andreas Kilcher and Gabriella Safran (eds.), Writing Jewish Culture: Paradoxes in Ethnography, Harvey E. Goldberg
Ber Kotlerman, Broken Heart/Broken Wholeness: The Post-Holocaust Plea for Jewish Reconstruction of the Soviet Yiddish Writer Der Nister, Mikhail Krutikov
Simone Lassig and Miriam Rurup (eds.), Space and Spatiality in Modern German-Jewish History, Shulamit Volkov
Eli Lederhendler, American Jewry: A New History, Jeffrey S. Gurock
Vladimir Levin, Mimahpekhah lemilhamah: hapolitikah hayehudit berusiyah, 1907-1914, (From Revolution to War: Jewish Politics in Russia, 1907-1914), Brian Horowitz
Jacob Jay Lindenthal, Abi Gezunt: Explorations into the Role of Health and the American Jewish Dream, together with The Lindex: A Companion to Abi Gezunt, Gil Riback
Sean Martin, For the Good of the Nation: Institutions for Jewish Children in Interwar Poland: A Documentary History, Shaul Stampfer
Uzi Rebhun, Jews and the American Religious Landscape, Yaakov Ariel
Jacques Roumani, David Meghnagi, and Judith Roumani (eds.), Jewish Libya: Memory and Identity in Text and Image, Emanuela Trevisan Semi
Maurice Samuels, The Right to Difference: French Universalism and the Jews, Michael R. Marrus
Mel Scult (ed.), Communings of the Spirit: The Journals of Mordecai M. Kaplan, vol. 2, 1934-1941, Noam Pianko
Jeffrey Veidlinger (ed.), Going to the People: Jews and the Ethnographic Impulse, Dani Schrire
Zionism, Israel, and the Middle East
Tal Dekel, Transnational Identities: Women, Art, and Migration in Contemporary Israel, Lynne Swarts
Michael Feige, 'Al da'at hamakom: mehozot zikaron yisreelim (Al Da'at Ha'makom: Israeli Realms of Memory), ed. David Ohana, Edna Lomsky-Feder
Yaron Harel, Damesek nikhbeshah zemanit: hatziyonut beDamesek 1908-1923, Norman (Noam) A. Stillman
Yaron Harel, Zionism in Damascus: Ideology and Activity in the Jewish Community at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, trans. D. Gershon Lewental, Norman (Noam) A. Stillman
Dana Hercbergs, Overlooking the Border: Narratives of Divided Jerusalem, Menachem Klein
Abigail Jacobson and Moshe Naor, Oriental Neighbors: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine, Yair Wallach
Michal Kravel-Tovi, When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel, Harvey E. Goldberg
Daniel Kupfert Heller, Jabotinsky's Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism, Joseph Heller
Colin Shindler, The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron, Joseph Heller
Tamar Wolf-Monzon, Bahir vegavohah kezemer:Ya'akov Orland: poetikah, historiyah, tarbut. (Ya'acov Orland: Poetics, History, Culture), Jehoash Hirshberg
Studies in Contemporary Jewry XXXII
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About the author: 

Avriel Bar-Levav is associate professor in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Judaic Studies at the Open University of Israel. He is also head of the Center for the Study of the Relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims and co-editor of Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture. His fields of study include history of the Jewish book, Jewish attitudes toward death, ego documents, and Jewish ethical literature. Uzi Rebhun is professor and head of the Division of Jewish Demography and Statistics at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-diaspora relations. His fields of study include Jewish demography, Jewish sociology, and Israel-Diaspora relations.

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