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Transmitting Jewish History

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi in Conversation with Sylvie Anne Goldberg

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Sylvie Anne Goldberg, With a Foreword by Alexander Kaye, Translated by Benjamin Ivry

The deeply personal reflections of a giant of Jewish history. Scholar Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi (1932–2009) possessed a stunning range of erudition in all eras of Jewish history, as well as in world history, classical literature, and European culture. What Yerushalmi also brought to his craft was a brilliant literary style, honed by his own voracious reading from early youth and his formative undergraduate studies. This series of interviews paints a revealing portrait of this giant of history, bringing together exceptional material on Yerushalmi’s personal and intellectual journeys that not only attests to the astonishing breakthrough of the issues of Jewish history into “general history,” but also offers profound insight into being Jewish in today’s world.  

Cloth: $40 | E-book: $35
ISBN-13: 9781684580613
Pages: 208 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: November 8, 2021
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The book reflects on what it means to be a Jew today. What was unique about Yerushalmi is that while he left traditional observance, he had a deep understanding of the core aspects of traditional Judaism.

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  • In short, this is a story of how a Jewish kid from the Bronx left a lasting impression in the hallowed hallways of Harvard and Columbia universities. The book reflects on what it means to be a Jew today. What was unique about Yerushalmi is that while he left traditional observance, he had a deep understanding of the core aspects of traditional Judaism, as he received rabbinical ordination from Lieberman in 1957.

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About the Author

Benjamin Ivry

Benjamin Ivry is an American writer on the arts, broadcaster and translator.

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi (1932-2009) was one of the most eminent Jewish historians of the twentieth century. He was Jacob E. Safra Professor of Jewish History and Sephardic Civilization at Harvard University, and from 1980, Salo W. Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society at Columbia University. His publications, written in his incomparable literary style, include From Spanish Court to Italian Ghetto (1971); Haggadah and History (1974); The Lisbon Massacre …

Sylvie Anne Goldberg

Sylvie Anne Goldberg is a professor at the Center for Historical Research, L’E´cole des Hautes E´tudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, where she heads the Jewish Studies Program. She is the author of several books, including Crossing the Jabbok: Illness and Death in Ashkenazi Judaism in Sixteenth- through Ninteenth-Century Prague and Clepsydra: Essay on the Plurality of Time in Judaism.

Alexander Kaye

My research deals in the history of Jewish thought, with a special focus on political thought, the history of law and theories of Jewish modernity. I am also an expert in Israel Studies and my research in the history of Israel focuses on the relationship between law, religion and politics, and in particular in the history of religious Zionism.

My latest book is The Invention of Jewish Theocracy (Oxford University Press, 2020).

I also have an interest in Jewish …

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