New York Review of Books recognizes published work by Brandeis University Press

The New York Review of Books highlighted a quartet of literary works about famed Zionist Gershom Scholem in its June 2018 edition.

Among the works featured is “Gershom Scholem: From Berlin to Jerusalem” by Noam Zadoff, translated by Jeffrey Green and published by Brandeis University Press.

Zadoff’s book offers a close look at Scholem’s family life with a particular emphasis on his identity as a German immigrant.

Scholem, a philosopher and historian, is credited by many as the father of Kabbalah, a type of Jewish mysticism.

Citing Zadoff’s research, Adam Kirsch of the New York Review of Books explains that Scholem was “A man who spent his whole life in the study of Judaism yet never practiced it, while still claiming to believe in God; who dedicated his life to Zionism yet was disappointed in what Zionism created; who wrote about obscure texts and ideas yet made them feel dramatic and urgently relevant.”

Kirsch’s complete review is available at the New York Review of Books.

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