Nachman Krochmal "More Nevukhe ha-Zeman" with Introduction and Academic Editing by Yehoyada Amir

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rabbi Nachman Krochmal (1785-1840), a philosopher, historian, and scholar of Jewish literature, was the leading figure of the Galician Haskalah (Jewish enlightenment). First known as an extra-ordinary oral teacher he moved in his last years to write his magnus opum More Nevokhe ha-Zeman (Guide of the Perplexed of the Time). Though he died before completing the book and it appeared only posthumous, edited by the great Berliner scholar Leopold Zunz, the Guide of the perplexed of the Time serves as a cornerstone for modern Jewish scholarship, philosophy, and theology. It's twentieth century edition, worked by Simeon Rawidowicz (Berlin, 1924; Waltham Mass., 1961) provoked at the time a new wave of academic, cultural, and religious interest in the book. For many years is the edition out of the reach for scholars, students, rabbis, and readers.

The new edition, edited by Yehoyada Amir, Associate Professor of Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, provides the reader with the necessary means to negotiate with this ground-work of modern Jewish existence. Though based on Rawidowicz old edition, contains a up-to-dated comprehensive introduction, aiming to make the author and his work accessible to contemporary readers, as well as philosophic-linguistic lexicon for Krochmal's book and a list of references he makes to classic Jewish literature, foremost the Bible.    

On January 5, 2011, an event was held in honor of the re-issue of Rabbi Nachman Krochmal's book.  Click here for further information.  Another public event will take place at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem on March 30, 2011.


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