Between Worlds: The Miserable Life of an Itinerant Preacher on the Eve of Modernity

Between Worlds: The Miserable Life of an Itinerant Preacher on the Eve of Modernity <p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>This essay follows the footsteps of a rather unknown author, Moshe Kerner (1762–1836), an itinerant preacher who traveled throughout European Jewish communities from the northern Pale of Settlement to Amsterdam. In the books Kerner published along his endless journeys, he offers a unique historical perspective on European Jewry approaching the modern era. He reflects its broader social and cultural contexts, including the appearance of modern ideological and religious movements. Kerner&apos;s life story is presented here as ideologically complex within contemporaneous Jewish culture, since he emerges as an intermediate figure who took a step in the direction of the new world but ultimately withdrew from it towards a conservative worldview. His contested cultural perspective undermines some historiographic tendencies towards "modernity" and calls for its reconsideration.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Jewish Quarterly Review University of Pennsylvania Press

Between Worlds: The Miserable Life of an Itinerant Preacher on the Eve of Modernity

Jewish Quarterly Review, Volume 109 (1) – Feb 27, 2019

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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Copyright © Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania.
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<p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>This essay follows the footsteps of a rather unknown author, Moshe Kerner (1762–1836), an itinerant preacher who traveled throughout European Jewish communities from the northern Pale of Settlement to Amsterdam. In the books Kerner published along his endless journeys, he offers a unique historical perspective on European Jewry approaching the modern era. He reflects its broader social and cultural contexts, including the appearance of modern ideological and religious movements. Kerner&apos;s life story is presented here as ideologically complex within contemporaneous Jewish culture, since he emerges as an intermediate figure who took a step in the direction of the new world but ultimately withdrew from it towards a conservative worldview. His contested cultural perspective undermines some historiographic tendencies towards "modernity" and calls for its reconsideration.</p>

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