Moshe Pelli Publishes New Book on Haskalah Judaism
August 22, 2013
Moshe Pelli, Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies and director of the UCF Interdisciplinary Program in Judaic Studies, has published his new book in Israel. Titled Atarah Leyoshnah: Restore Judaism to Its Pristine Splendor, the book deals with the struggle of the early Hebrew Maskilim (enlighteners) in Germany in the last quarter of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth century to rejuvenate and redefine Judaism to be what this writer terms “the Haskalah (Enlightenment) Judaism.”
Those young Hebrew writers and educators argued that they wished to resuscitate Judaism and restore it to its pristine state while concurrently revitalize the Jewish people and its culture. The medium for this revival was the revived Hebrew language and its literature.