Kerem Hemed – Hochmat Israel as the New Yavneh — A New Book by Moshe Pelli on the Hebrew Journal Kerem Hemed

October 27, 2009

Magnes Publishing House of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem announced the publication of a monograph and an annotated index on the Haskalah periodical Kerem Hemed by Prof. Moshe Pelli, director of University of Central Florida Program of Judaic Studies and Abe and Tess Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies.

It is Prof. Pelli’s 13th research book, and the third in the series of books on the Hebrew periodicals of the Haskalah (Hebrew Enlightenment) in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The book is dedicated to the Dean of Haskalah scholars, Prof. Shmuel Werses, 94, who is the Israel Prize laureate for the Study of Literature. Prof. Pelli handed over the book to Prof. Shmuel Werses at a special ceremony held as part of the Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, August 2-6, 2009.

Kerem Hemed – Hochmat Israel as the New Yavneh is a monograph and an annotated index to Kerem Hemed (1833-1856), the journal of Hebrew Haskalah in Galicia and Italy.

It includes a comprehensive monograph on the journal and its writers, the subject matters discussed in it and its editorial orientation as part of the Study of Judaism movement. The journal represents the creative efforts of the Hebrew scholars of ‘Hochmat Israel,’ the Study of Judaism, in the 19th century.

Kerem Hemed was mostly a scholarly journal devoted to the study of Judaism. Importantly, all articles and essays were written in the format of letters, namely, as correspondence between and among the scholars of ‘Hochmat Israel’ in Galicia and Italy.

The book is the third in the monographs and indexing project of Hebrew Haskalah periodicals authored by Pelli and published by Magnes Press of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Previously, it published The Gate to Haskalah: An Annotated Index to Hame’asef, the First Hebrew Journal of the Haskalah (1783’1811), 2000; and Bikurei Ha’itim The ‘First Fruits’ of Haskalah: An Annotated Index to Bikurei Ha’itim, the Hebrew Journal of the Haskalah in Galicia (1820’1831), 2005.

The monograph delineates the background of the publication of Kerem Hemed, its editors and its major writers, such as Shlomo Yehudah Rapoport (SHIR), Shmuel David Luzzatto (SHaDaL), and Nahman Krochmal (RaNaK), and its relations to periodicals published before and afterward.

Book Dedication

The monograph discusses the variety of topics in Jewish Studies published in the journal, and the cross-referenced author-and-subject Index covers a variety of topics in Jewish Studies, such as Bible, biblical criticism and commentary, Talmud, Mishnah, their sages, and studies about them. The book discusses also studies on the Hebrew language, Jewish history, and newly discovered medieval Hebrew manuscripts, such as biblical commentary by noted biblical scholars as Abraham Ibn Ezra, talmudic interpretation and historical review of Judaism as presented by the scholars of Hochmat Israel, as well as some secular subjects and science.

Moshe Pelli, Kerem Hemed: ‘Hochmat Israel’ Hi Yavne Hahadashah [Kerem Hemed: ‘Hochmat Israel’ As the ‘New Yavneh’ A Monograph and an Annotated Index to Kerem Hemed, the Hebrew Journal of the Haskalah in Galicia and Italy (1833’1856)], Magnes Press of the Hebrew University (Israel, 2009); bibliography, appendices, English Abstract, 396 pp. ISBN: 978-965-493-435-0

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