Sparks Amidst the Ashes: The Spiritual Legacy of Polish Jewry

Hardcover | November 1, 1996

byByron L. Sherwin

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For hundreds of years, Poland served as the epicenter 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 demonstrateshow 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 mysticalspeculation, 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 aplan 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.

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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.

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For hundreds of years, Poland served as the epicenter 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 demonstrateshow the unprecedented works of intellect and s...

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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.

Byron L. Sherwin is at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.57 × 6.3 × 0.79 inPublished:November 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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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.

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"...in a highly personal, emotional, and eloquent narrative, Rabbi Byron Sherwin presents the history of the intellectual and spiritual development of Polish Jewry as he finds it interpreted in the rabbinical and Chasidic writings of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries."--Judaism