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Author Sherwin, Byron L.

Title Sparks amidst the ashes : the spiritual legacy of Polish Jewry / Byron L. Sherwin
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 176 pages)
Contents To reclaim a legacy -- Grandmother's tales -- Sparks in exile -- Life, learning, and Luria in Lublin -- The spiritual magnates of Cracow -- Transmigrations of a name -- King for a night -- Auschwitz -- Jewish continuity -- Sparks in ashes -- Inward journeys -- The land we shared
Summary For hundreds of years, Poland served as the epicentre of Jewish life. As a result of the Holocaust, though, Poland has become a "Jewish Atlantis". Yet the majority of Jews in the world today have their genealogical roots in the historical lands of Poland. In this book, Sherwin demonstrates how the unprecedented works of intellect and spirit produced during the Jewish "Golden Age" in Poland can provide contemporary Jews with the spiritual and intellectual resources required to ensure Jewish continuity in the present and future. Sherwin introduces us to the vast range of mystical speculation, evocative stories, talmudic dialectics, theological ideas, and social realities that were muted by the destruction of Polish Jewry during the Holocaust. Sherwin critiques the tendency among contemporary Jews to disregard the precious legacy bequeathed by Polish Jewry, and presents a plan for re-creating Jewish life after the Holocaust that draws from the wisdom of the spiritual magnates and from the communal experience that characterized Jewish life in Poland. Sherwin concludes with a controversial proposal for the future of Polish-Jewish relations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-168) and index
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Subject Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland -- Influence.
Jews -- Poland -- Intellectual life.
Judaism -- Poland -- History.
Rabbis -- Poland.
Spiritual life -- Judaism.
Poland -- Intellectual life.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Sherwin, Byron L. Duchowe dziedzictwo þZydów polskich
LC no. 96022761
ISBN 128052894X
1429415649 (electronic bk.)
9781429415644 (electronic bk.)