Polish Jewry: Editors' Introduction

Polish Jewry: Editors' Introduction Stanislaw Obirek Lodz University Shoshana Ronen Warsaw University We were enormously honored when we were asked by Shofar to edit a special issue dedicated to Polish Jewry. The shadchan (match-maker) between Shofar and us was our dear friend Harold Kasimow, who is the embodiment of the best features of Polish Jewry. He combines within himself the two great rivals of a Jewish soul--Litvak and Hasidic Judaism. Being a devoted Jew he is also a perfect example of the benefits Haskalah brought to Jewish civilization-- openness to different cultures and religions both in West and East. And that is exactly what we would like to show in this issue. Under the shadow of the Holocaust we tend to forget the glorious Polish-Jewish culture that was created on Polish soil for hundreds of years. We wanted to recall at least some of its aspects. We decided to concentrate on Jews and Judaism in Poland from early modernity till the break of World War II. There are two arguments to support this decision: First, we thought it better not to touch the Shoah since it is a subject widely researched.1 This horrible event in the life of European Jews cannot be http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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Stanislaw Obirek Lodz University Shoshana Ronen Warsaw University We were enormously honored when we were asked by Shofar to edit a special issue dedicated to Polish Jewry. The shadchan (match-maker) between Shofar and us was our dear friend Harold Kasimow, who is the embodiment of the best features of Polish Jewry. He combines within himself the two great rivals of a Jewish soul--Litvak and Hasidic Judaism. Being a devoted Jew he is also a perfect example of the benefits Haskalah brought to Jewish civilization-- openness to different cultures and religions both in West and East. And that is exactly what we would like to show in this issue. Under the shadow of the Holocaust we tend to forget the glorious Polish-Jewish culture that was created on Polish soil for hundreds of years. We wanted to recall at least some of its aspects. We decided to concentrate on Jews and Judaism in Poland from early modernity till the break of World War II. There are two arguments to support this decision: First, we thought it better not to touch the Shoah since it is a subject widely researched.1 This horrible event in the life of European Jews cannot be

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2011

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