Holocaust and Return to Zion: A Study in Jewish Philosophy of History

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Rejecting the view of the Jewish diaspora as Divine punishment, Spero (basic Jewish `thought, Bar Ilan U., Israel) evaluates the major upheavals of Jewish history by correlating Jewish thought since medieval times with historical patterns of rising antisemitism and Zionism and shifting Jewish demographics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Spero, a professor at Bar Ilan University, outlines the efforts of medieval and modern Jewish philosophers--Judah Halevi, Moses Maimonides, Martin Buber, Moses Nahmanides, and Gershom Scholem, among others--to account for the events of their times in both theological and historical terms. Spero examines the upheavals in Jewish history: the destruction of both temples in Jerusalem, the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492, and the Holocaust. He expounds on such related themes as the Bible in history, exile, messianism and redemption, and the chain of tradition in Jewish historical writing. He explores the basic conceptual elements that bind Judaism to history, the Holocaust in the context of a history of anti-Semitism, and the return to Zion in the form of the state of Israel. This profound, erudite, and meditative work is indispensable for students, scholars, and general readers. George Cohen

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