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The Legacy of German Jewry

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt


First published in 1957, this book is a rethinking of the German–Jewish experience. The book challenges the elegiac view of Gershom Scholem, showing us the German–Jewish legacy in literature, philosophy, and critical thought in a new light. Part One re-examines the breakthrough to modernity, tracing the moves of thinkers like Moses Mendelssohn, building on the legacies of religious figures like the Baal Shem Tov and radical philosophers such as Spinoza. This vision of modernity, the book shows, rested upon a belief that “remnants” of the radical past could provide ideas and energy for reconcei ... More

Keywords: Gershom Scholem, modernity, Moses Mendelssohn, Baal Shem Tov, Spinoza, Jews, Leo Baeck, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780823228263
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823228263.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt, author