By Jacques Kornberg
A founder of smooth Israel, Ahad Ha-am (1856-1927) was once one of many shapers of the modern Zionist attention. His occupation spanned the period of Russian Jewry’s nationalist awakening. over the past decade of the 19th century, he was once the top theorist of the Russian Zionist circulation. Afterwards, he was once overshadowed by way of Theodore Herzl, who imposed his personal stamp on Zionism. With the failure of Herzl’s international relations and his early demise in 1904, Russian Zionists deserted Herzl’s priorities and steadily refashioned this system of the Zionist association of their personal photograph. greater than an individual else, Ahad Ha-am supplied the ideological authority for this shift. until eventually on the Crossroads, there have been no up to date stories of Ahad Ha-am. This long-awaited assortment comprises 14 essays through across the world identified students in glossy Jewish heritage and literature. The essays variety from reviews of Ahad Ha-am as a literary stylist, his function within the revival of Hebrew, his political notion and task, his debates with recognized contemporaries in regards to the Jewish destiny, and the reinterpretation of his rules via his Zionist disciples. the final photograph awarded through this ebook is a brand new photo of Ahad Ha-am—far much less Westernized and much extra embedded within the nineteenth-century Jewish and Russian cultural milieu than used to be formerly concept.
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He is coeditor of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History. STANLEY NASH is Associate Professor at Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion, in New York City. He has written In Search of Hebraism: Shai Hurwitz and His Polemics in the Hebrew Press. He has published a number of scholarly essays on modern Hebrew literature. TUDOR PARFITT is Lecturer in Hebrew at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published a number of articles on the revival of Hebrew and on the history of the Jewish community in Palestine.
Founded in 1901. Provided relief for Jews in Eastern Europe and aided in their emigration. Established a network of modern schools in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Palestine. Hovevei Zion (Lovers of Zion). The adherents of Hibbat Zion. Page xiv jargon. A term for Yiddish, used by its detractors, who considered it no more than a dialect and a hybrid language. Maskil (pl. maskilim). Advocate of the Haskalah movement. Midrash. Name for a genre of rabbinical literature. A method of interpreting the Bible either to clarify legal points or to draw lessons by stories or homiletics.
Shatzmiller aided me unstintingly with valuable advice and perceptive criticism. I am grateful to the anonymous reader for the State University of New York Press for his astute and expert judgment in assessing each of the essays. Thanks are due to the contributors to this volume for the devotion and talent they brought to this project and for their patience in what seemed like an endless task of rewriting and revision. Barry Walfish brought exceptional proficiency to the task of verifying and transliterating the Hebrew references.
At the Crossroads: Essays on Ahad Ha’am by Jacques Kornberg