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Salo Wittmayer Baron - читать все обзоры этого автора

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The Russian translation of the late Professor Isidore Epstein's JUDAISM will fill a major lacuna in the existing Russian scholarly and educational literature about the historic evolution of the Jewishfaith.For the last seven decades Soviet Jewry has been deprived of any significant new contributions in this field. At first, the Russian regime, still rather sympathetic to its Jewish minority, tolerated, occasionally even promoted, research relating to modern Jewish history and contemporary affairs. But these were principally concerned with socioeconomic developments in accordance with the regnant materialistic conception of history. Even the few biblical studies published at that time stressed these secular, rather than religious aspects, since all religions were to be discouraged as "opiates" forthe masses.In the last forty years, however, even these limited studies, along with all other aspects of Jewish culture, were increasingly repressed. For more than a generation the voice of the Jewish people in the Soviet Union was completely muted; it found fewer and fewer outlets for its intellectual curiosity concerning its own heritage. Schools, theatres, the press, and almost all synagogues were closed down, leaving but a remnant of the once flourishing, truly creative cultural life of the Jewish population. Under these circumstances the overwhelming majority of the Jews living in the Soviet Union -including the residents of the former Baltic s.. Читать далее »
 

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By a happy combination of circumstances I am privileged to be among the very few who can serve a living link between the author and the reader for whom this translation of his work is intended.From the time I enrolled as a student of Jews' College in 1937 until the untimely passing of Rabbi Dr. Isidore Epstein in 1962, he was my distinguished teacher and mentor, a relationship which soon flowered into a fond friendship and which survives to mis day by my reverence for his memory and his teachings. Again, Soviet Jews have been particularly close to my heart ever since I pledged at my installation into my present office in 1967 that my top priorities would include "alleviating the religious attrition and communal isolation of our Russian brethren - the most painful Jewish problem of our day". In pursuit of this pledge, I set up a Department for Soviet Jewry within my office to help in shaping policies and generating communal support for their cause; I greeted them in Austria on their way to Israel when the Jewish exodus from Russia was at its height; I paid the first official visit of any Western Chief Rabbi to the Soviet Union in December 1975, meeting with groups and individuals of all sections identifying as Jews, including many leading activists, some of whom have happily meanwhile reached Israel; and I continue to assist a variety of projects in Israel for the spiritual regeneration of Jews from and in the Soviet Union, including the sponsorship of this transla.. Читать далее »
 
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