Jewish History and Jewish Memory
Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi
Narrated by Aze Fellner
Approximately 5 hours
Book published by University of Washington Press
From the Foreword by Harold Bloom:
"Zakhor is divided into four chapters, tracing in turn the fortunes of Jewish memory and Jewish history in their Biblical and rabbinical origins, in the Middle Ages, in the wake of the Spanish Expulsion, and in our time.
"In the six years since I first read Zakhor, I have discovered traces of it in my own meditations upon Freud, Kafka, and Gershom Scholem, as in all my incessant broodings upon Jewish culture and Jewish identity."
Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi is Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture, and Society, and director of the Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University.
“Mr. Yerushalmi's previous writings, on the Spanish and Portuguese Jews ... established him as one of the Jewish community's most important historians. His latest book should establish him as one of its most important critics. Zakhor is historical thinking of a very high order - mature speculation based on massive scholarship.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi is an exemplary Jewish historian of the Jews, and with Zakhor he becomes an exemplary theorist of the troubling and possibly irreconcilable split between Jewish memory and Jewish historiography... Zakhor may well be a permanent contribution to Jewish speculation upon the dilemmas of Jewishness, and so it may join the canon of Jewish wisdom literature.”
—New York Review of Books
“A remarkable book that discusses the millennial tension between the age-old Jewish commandment-and tradition-of remembrance and the relatively new Jewish interest in history.”
—American Historical Review
“A brilliant and fundamentally new appraisal of collective Jewish historical memory.... It opens up new horizons of thinking in a style that is beautiful and a scholarship that is overwhelming.”
—Gerson D. Cohen, former chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America