Families, Rabbis, and Education
Traditional Jewish Society in Nineteenth-century Eastern Europe
Shaul Stampfer is Rabbi Edward Sandrow Professor of Soviet and East European Jewry and chairman of the Department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has also taught at Harvard University and elsewhere, including in Moscow (1989–1991), where he helped establish the Jewish University. Through his many published articles he has made a seminal contribution to the Jewish social history of eastern Europe, opening up new areas of research in the history of Jewish education, Jewish demography and family life, community organization and leadership, and related topics. He is the author of Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century: Creating a Tradition of Learning, also published by the Littman Library.
The Social Implications of Very Early Marriage in Eastern Europe in the Nineteenth Century Love and Family Life among East European Jewry in the Modern Period Scientific Welfare and Lonely Old People: The Development of Old Age Homes among Jews in Eastern Europe Gender Differentiation and Education of the Jewish Woman in Nineteenth Century Eastern Europe Remarriage among Jews and Christians in Nineteenth-Century Eastern Europe The Pushke and its Development Heder Study, Knowledge of Torah and the Maintenance of Social Stratification in Traditional East European Jewish Society Literacy among East European Jewry in the Modern Period: Context, Background, and Implications Hungarian Yeshivot, Lithuanian Yeshivot, and Josef Ben David Hasidic Yeshivot in Interwar Poland Dormitory and Yeshiva in Eastern Europe The Controversy over Shechita and the Struggle between Hasidim and Mitnagdim The Rabbinate in Eastern Europe that Wasn't Inheritance of the Rabbinate in Eastern Europe in the Modern Period: Causes, Factors, and Development over Time
'Represents decades of intensive study of Jewish daily life in eastern Europe. The book brings together many of Stampfer's previously published writings, although several appear here in English for the first time ... provides us with the oeuvre of a scholar who has spent years thinking about these issues and provides a wonderful context for further study.' Jeffrey Veidlinger, East European Jewish Affairs 'For many years, Shaul Stampfer has been recognised as an authority in all things dealing with nineteenth-century Jewish Eastern Europe. In his newest book, we have a collection of numerous essays representing more than twenty years of his scholarship, including one essay published for the first time. Stampfer's focus is not on the purely intellectual debates between rabbinic elites. He is more interested in social history, how average people and in particular women lived. Even his discussions of rabbis emphasize such matters as inheritance of rabbinic positions and the rabbi's role in communal life. His sources are quite broad: traditional rabbinic works as well as Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian texts and newspapers ...there is much more that can be said about Stampfer's careful scholarship, which is a treat for all readers.' Marc B. Shapiro, H-Judaic (and The Jewish Press and Jewish Book Review) 'Accessible and lively ... a good read not only for scholars, but also for general readers interested in seeing just how far we have come from that vanished world.' Jewish Book World 'This book of essays by an exceptionally wide-ranging social and cultural historian is much more than a rich investigation of "traditional society".' Kenneth B. Moss, Journal of Modern History 'This riveting collection of essays covers a breathtaking scope, the amount of research is impressive, and the level of analysis is as refreshing as it is innovative. It is hard to name any other work that covers such a diverse range of fascinating questions in Jewish history in such a learned and professional manner. The author has an uncanny ability to synthesize a diverse range of material with interpretations and analyses that are as brilliant as they are straightforward. This collection will make an excellent companion to extant English and Hebrew language works on modern Jewish history. It will also make for interesting reading in undergraduate classes and graduate seminars on social history, east European history, and Jewish history. In short, this is a gem of a book, the kind that you will want to read, the kind that students will love to read, the kind that scholars as well will not be able to put down.' Scott Ury, Religious Studies Review
Size: 235 x 155 x 33 mm
Publication: March 6, 2014
Series: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization