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Kabbalistic Culture of Eighteenth-century PragueEzekiel Landau and His Contemporaries$
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Sharon Flatto

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113393

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113393.001.0001

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Historiography, Personal History, and Folk Tales

Historiography, Personal History, and Folk Tales

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(p.98) Four Historiography, Personal History, and Folk Tales
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Kabbalistic Culture of Eighteenth-century Prague
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Sharon Flatto

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113393.003.0006

This chapter talks about Gershom Scholem as the pioneer of the academic study of Kabbalah during the twentieth century. It explores Scholem's portrayal of the rabbinate that retains some of the Wissenschaft biases and dialectical schematization of Jewish history that emphasizes Kabbalah as the creative force which opposes the rigidity of normative rabbinic Judaism. It also investigates the hagiographic studies of Ezekiel Landau and the thematic works made for him and his thought that de-emphasize or misconstrue the significance of Kabbalah in his writings. The chapter mentions Jekuthiel Kamelhar's Mofet hador and Aryeh Leib Gelman's The Noda Biyehudah and his Teaching, which allotted lines that recognize Landau's possessed knowledge of Kabbalah from his youth. It refers to Solomon Wind, who alleges that Landau's knowledge was merely an ornament to his wisdom.

Keywords:   Gershom Scholem, Kabbalah, Wissenschaft biases, rabbinic Judaism, Ezekiel Landau

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