The origins of jewish secularization in eighteenth century europe jewish culture and contexts shmuel feiner chaya naor on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers winner of the 2010 shazar prize for the best book in jewish history throughout the eighteenth century. In the origins of jewish secularization in eighteenth century europe shmuel feiner reconstructs this evolution by listening to the voices of those who participated in the process and by deciphering its cultural codes and meanings on the one hand a great majority of observant jews still accepted the authority of the talmud and the leadership . In my second book the jewish enlightenment 2004 i described the revolution that gave birth to the secular jewish intellectual who broke away from the rabbinical elite and challenged it the present book the origins of jewish secularization relates the historical story of the jewish critics of religion in the eighteenth century they are . Get this from a library the origins of jewish secularization in eighteenth century europe shmuel feiner chaya naor throughout the eighteenth century an eversharper distinction emerged between jews of the old order and those who were self consciously of a new world as aspirations for liberation clashed with . A superb study feiner lays out a more nuanced and persuasive case for locating the beginning of jewish secularization in the second half of the 18th century if not earlier jewish review of books feiners contribution to the debate about the origins of jewish modernity is profound
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