Literature; An International Gazette of Criticism Volume 2

Literature; An International Gazette of Criticism Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...GHETTO. Before the hidden life of Israel during the exile of the Christian centuries can emerge for us with any clearness and assume an accountable aspect, it is indispensable that we should appreciate the influence of two strange literatures, both of which are known, as they should be, to Mr. Zangwill, the author of Dreamers Of The Ghetto (Heinemann, 6s.), who is therefore fitted eminently to lift a corner of the veil which shrouds from modern ken the mystery and wonder of the world of Jewry. The two literatures are the Talmudic and Kabalistic, representing two forces of repression and exaltation which were at work in Israel. Behind the outward repression of persecuting Christendom, which created the material walls of the Ghetto, there was the stronger spiritual repression of observance and ceremonial which ages of laborious subtlety had developed from the Law of Moses--itself pronounced intolerable by St. Paul--and had enshrined in the Talmud. By this double restriction was Jewry preserved in the armour of isolation and bondage, while it was vitalized from time to time by those exaltations, those strange hopes, which the Kabalah nourished and stimulated. Behind the iron gates of the Ghetto, in a light which is partly sordid and partly so foreign that it might be almost a reflection of the Shekiuah, Mr. Zangwill shows us a world of Jewry, clothed, as it were, in supernatural vestures and colourings, nursing the fires of an aspiration which was, in fact, the dream of all Jewry. And this dream, as he also shows us, directly and indirectly was, under many modifications, in the main, always a Kabalistic dream. Something of its appeal and its power within that centre which we have agreed with Mr. Zangwill to term the Ghetto may be more

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  • Paperback | 1056 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 53mm | 1,842g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236645669
  • 9781236645661