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Tauber Institute Series

The Tauber Institute Series is dedicated to publishing compelling and innovative approaches to the study of modern European Jewish history, thought, culture and society. The series features scholarly works related to the Enlightenment, modern Judaism and the struggle for emancipation, the rise of nationalism and the spread of antisemitism, the Holocaust and its aftermath, as well as the contemporary Jewish experience. The series is published under the auspices of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry — established by a gift to Brandeis University from Dr. Laszlo N. Tauber — and is supported, in part, by the Tauber Foundation and the Valya and Robert Shapiro Endowment.

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American Jewish Thought Since 1934: Writings on Identity, Engagement and Belief 

David Ellenson and Michael Marmur, editors 

Anticipated Release Date: June 2020

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Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World 

Ariel Evan Mayse and Sam Berrin Shonkoff, editors

Anticipated Release Date: July 2020

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A Jewish Woman of Distinction: The Life and Diaries of Zinaida Poliakova


ChaeRan Y. Freeze; translated by Gregory L. Freeze

Rare documents reveal how Jews successfully integrated into Russian aristocratic society

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Glikl: Memoirs 1691-1719


Annotated with an introduction by Chava Turniansky; English translation by Sara Friedman

An authoritative new translation, fully annotated to explicate Glikl’s life and times

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Lost Library

Spinoza's Challenge to Jewish Thought: Writings on His Life, Philosophy, and Legacy


Daniel B. Schwartz

Key works about Spinoza’s critical role in the formation of modern Jewish identity

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Lost Library

The Lost Library: The Legacy of Vilna's Strashun Library in the Aftermath of the Holocaust


Dan Rabinowitz

The story of the greatest prewar Jewish library in Europe

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Modern French Jewish Thought: Writings on Religion and Politics


Sarah Hammerschlag, ed.

An illuminating anthology that traces the trajectory of Jewish thought in twentieth-century France

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The Road to September 1939: Polish Jews, Zionists, and the Yishuv on the Eve of World War II


Jehuda Reinharz, Yaacov Shavit

How the Zionist movement and the Yishuv actively sought to help Polish and other European Jews in the 1930s

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Jewish Legal Theories: Writings on State, Religion, and Morality


Leora Batnitzky, ed.; Yonatan Brafman, ed.

Anthology of writings about Jewish law in the modern world

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Gershom Scholem: From Berlin to Jerusalem and Back


Noam Zadoff

A new intellectual portrait of a prominent twentieth-century philosopher

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Toward Nationalism's End: An Intellectual Biography of Hans Kohn

Adi Gordon

The life and intellectual evolution of Hans Kohn, a pioneer of nationalism studies

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Sabbatian Heresy: Writings on Mysticism, Messianism, and the Origins of Jewish Modernity

Pawel Maciejko, editor

Key writings on Sabbatianism and its legacy and afterlife in Jewish culture, memory, and religion

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Inside the Antisemitic Mind

Inside the Antisemitic Mind
The Language of Jew-Hatred in Contemporary Germany

Monika Schwarz-Friesel, Jehuda Reinharz

Exploring expressions of antisemitism in Germany today

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Style and Seduction

Style and Seduction: Jewish Patrons, Architecture, and Design in Fin de Siècle Vienna

Elana Shapira

Explores the central role of Jewish patrons as shapers of Viennese modernism.

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The Individual in History

The Individual in History
Essays in Honor of Jehuda Reinharz

Edited by ChaeRan Y. Freeze, Sylvia Fuks Fried, and Eugene R. Sheppard

Essays to  honor Jehuda Reinharz, his scholarly work and institutional leadership

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Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady

Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady
The Origins of Chabad Hasidism

Immanuel Etkes; Jeffrey M. Green, trans.

The only biography in English of the founder of the Chabad movement in Hasidism

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Jewish Philosphical Politics

Jewish Philosophical Politics in Germany, 1789–1848

Sven-Erik Rose
A provocative look at how Jewish intellectuals thought about Jewish religion and existence within a German philosophical tradition

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Nemes - Sites of European Antisemitism

Sites of European Antisemitism in the Age of Mass Politics, 1880–1918

Robert Nemes, ed.; Daniel Unowsky, ed.
With an Afterward by Hillel J. Kieval

Explores local incidents of antisemitism and antisemitic violence across Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Everyday Life

Everyday Jewish Life in Imperial Russia

Select Documents, 1772–1914

ChaeRan Y. Freeze, ed.; Jay M. Harris, ed.

An astounding compilation of primary source documents dealing with all aspects of Jewish daily life in the Russian empire.

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Faith of the Fallen Jews

The Faith of Fallen Jews

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and the Writing of Jewish History

David N. Myers, ed.; Alexander Kaye, ed.

Brings together key writings by one of the most distinguished and renowned Jewish historians of our time.

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Holocaust Mothers

Holocaust Mothers and Daughters
Family, History, and Trauma

Federica K. Clementi

An astonishing analysis of Jewish mother-daughter relations before, during, and after the Shoah as described in daughters’ memoirs.

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Germany’s Prophet

Paul de Lagarde and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism

Ulrich Sieg
Translated by Linda Marianiello

A provocative and disquieting portrait of Bible scholar and founder of modern German antisemitism Paul de Lagarde.

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Holocaust Literature: a History and Guide

David G. Roskies, Naomi Diamant

A comprehensive assessment of Holocaust literature, from World War II to the present day.

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Religion and Jewish Identity in the Soviet Union, 1941–1964

Mordechai Altshuler

Unearths the roots of a national awakening among Soviet Jews during World War II and its aftermath.

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Jews Welcome Coffee

Jews Welcome Coffee

Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Germany

Robert Liberles

A lively look at how coffee affected Jewish life in early modern Germany.

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The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism

Sharon Faye Koren

A fascinating analysis of why there are no female mystics in medieval Judaism.

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German City, Jewish Memory

The Story of Worms

Nils Roemer

A remarkable, in-depth study of Jewish history, culture, and memory in a historic and contemporary German city.

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