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On Judaism

On Judaism( )
Author: Buber, Martin
Buber, Martin
Foreword by: Kamenetz, Rodger
ISBN:978-0-8052-1050-7
Publication Date:Jan 1996
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint:Schocken
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $16.00
Book Description:

Edited by Nahum N. Glatzer
With a new Foreword by Rodger Kamenetz
 
"The question I put before you, as well as before myself, is the question of the meaning of Judaism for the Jews. Why do we call ourselves Jews? I want to speak to you not of an abstraction but of your own life . . . its authenticity and essence." With these words, Martin Buber takes us on a journey into the heart of Judaism--its spirit, vision, and relevance to modern life.

Book Details
Pages:272
Detailed Subjects: Religion / Judaism / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.226 x 7.878 x 0.585 Inches
Book Weight:0.616 Pounds
Author Biography
Buber, Martin (Author)
Martin Buber was born in Vienna, the son of Solomon Buber, a scholar of Midrashic and medieval literature. Martin Buber studied at the universities of Vienna, Leipzig, Zurich, and Berlin, under Wilhelm Dilthey and Georg Simmel. As a young student, he joined the Zionist movement, advocating the renewal of Jewish culture as opposed to Theodor Herzl's political Zionism. At age 26 he became interested in Hasidic thought and translated the tales of Nahman of Bratslav.

Hasidism had a profound impact on Buber's thought. He credited it as being the inspiration for his theories of spirituality, community, and dialogue. Buber is responsible for bringing Hasidism to the attention of young German intellectuals who previously had scorned it as the product of ignorant eastern European Jewish peasants.

Buber also wrote about utopian socialism, education, Zionism, and respect for the Palestinian Arabs, and, with Franz Rosenzweig, he translated the Bible. He was appointed to a professorship at the University of Frankfurt in 1925, but, when the Nazis came to power, he received an appointment at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Buber died in 1965.

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