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Between Zionism and Friendship: The Correspondence between Gershom Scholem and Joseph Weiss

Between Zionism and Friendship: The Correspondence between Gershom Scholem and Joseph Weiss T H E J E W I S H Q U A R T E R LY R E V I E W , Vol. 107, No. 3 (Summer 2017) 427–444 Between Zionism and Friendship: The Correspondence between Gershom Scholem and S H A U L M AG I D Indiana University, Bloomington F O R A M A N AS C OM P LE X A ND F UL L of conviction as (1897–1982), friendship could not have been easy. Aside from his groundbreaking scholarship, Scholem led an intensely active personal life that included a number of close (and often tortured) friendships that are documented in voluminous correspondence.1 In addition, he had close relationships with a small cadre of students.2 Readers of Scholem are most familiar with his friendship with Walter Benjamin (1892–1940), one that was—as Scholem later made clear in Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship—far from stable or consistent. His relationships with other German-born Jews such as Theodor Adorno (1903–69) and George Lichtheim (1912–73) are also well known. Less known but even more complicated was Scholem’s relationship with his Hungarian-born student (1918–69). Below I translate a small sample of letters between them as an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Jewish Quarterly Review University of Pennsylvania Press

Between Zionism and Friendship: The Correspondence between Gershom Scholem and Joseph Weiss

Jewish Quarterly Review , Volume 107 (3) – Sep 1, 2017

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T H E J E W I S H Q U A R T E R LY R E V I E W , Vol. 107, No. 3 (Summer 2017) 427–444 Between Zionism and Friendship: The Correspondence between Gershom Scholem and S H A U L M AG I D Indiana University, Bloomington F O R A M A N AS C OM P LE X A ND F UL L of conviction as (1897–1982), friendship could not have been easy. Aside from his groundbreaking scholarship, Scholem led an intensely active personal life that included a number of close (and often tortured) friendships that are documented in voluminous correspondence.1 In addition, he had close relationships with a small cadre of students.2 Readers of Scholem are most familiar with his friendship with Walter Benjamin (1892–1940), one that was—as Scholem later made clear in Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship—far from stable or consistent. His relationships with other German-born Jews such as Theodor Adorno (1903–69) and George Lichtheim (1912–73) are also well known. Less known but even more complicated was Scholem’s relationship with his Hungarian-born student (1918–69). Below I translate a small sample of letters between them as an

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Published: Sep 1, 2017

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