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Kabbalistic Culture of Eighteenth-century Prague: Ezekiel Landau and His Contemporaries

Sharon Flatto

Abstract

Kabbalah played a surprisingly prominent and far-reaching role in eighteenth-century Prague. This book uncovers the centrality of this mystical tradition for Prague's influential Jewish community and its pre-eminent rabbinic authority, Ezekiel Landau, chief rabbi from 1754 to 1793. A rabbinic leader who is best known for his halakhic responsa collection the Noda biyehudah, Landau is generally considered a staunch opponent of esoteric practices and public kabbalistic discourse. This book challenges such a portrayal, exposing the importance of kabbalah in his work and thought and demonstrating h ... More

Keywords: Kabbalah, eighteenth-century Prague, Jewish community, Ezekiel Landau, hasidic movement, acculturation, Prague Jewry, rabbinic culture, European Jewry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781904113393
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113393.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon Flatto, author