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Jewish Materialism: The Intellectual Revolution of the 1870s

Eliyahu Stern


To understand the organizing framework of modern Judaism, Eliyahu Stern believes that we should look deeper and farther than the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, and the influence and affluence of American Jewry. Against the revolutionary backdrop of mid-nineteenth-century Europe, Stern unearths the path that led a group of rabbis, scientists, communal leaders, and political upstarts to reconstruct the core tenets of Judaism and join the vanguard of twentieth-century revolutionary politics. In the face of dire poverty and rampant anti-Semitism, they mobilized Judaism for pr ... More

Keywords: Materialism, Judaism, Jewish, Secularization, Marxism, Modernity, Zionism, Nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300221800
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300221800.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eliyahu Stern, author
Yale University