Haskalah


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Ha•ska•lah

(hɑˈskɑ lɑ, ˌhɑ skɑˈlɑ)

n.
an 18th–19th-century movement among central and E European Jews, intended to modernize Jews and Judaism by encouraging adoption of secular European culture.
[1900–10; < Hebrew haśkālāh enlightenment]
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11) The Haskalah, the Jewish enlightenment movement, sought to modernize Judaism by shedding its outward manifestations of difference, to prove that the Jews were fellow citizens of the Mosaic faith, not eternal enemies.
Shrira, Toledot ha-Sifrut ha-Talmudit (Tel Aviv: Haskalah la-Am, 1937) p.
The topics are leaving the shtetl, from haskalah to positivism, young Dubnow as a Jewish positivist, coping with new realities, Romantic positivism, the historian become a nationalist, from the 19th to the 20th century, and reconsiderations.
Sechel is also the root of haskalah, the Hebrew word meaning enlightenment, and the name of the 18th- and 19th-century movement that introduced European Jewry to secular ideas and society.
Contract award: execution of repairs bitumen streets giewont, telephone, haskalah / bartok kusocinskiego, vilnius, okreglik, tedding in the city of lodz in 2013
In "England's Jewish Renaissance: Maria Polack's Fiction without Romance (1830) in Context," Heidi Kaufman examines an Anglo-Jewish "anti-romance novel" in terms of the Jewish Enlightenment or Haskalah and its author's concept of "rational morality" (71, 70).
Only with the advent of political and social emancipation and the so-called Jewish Haskalah (Enlightenment) in the late 18th Century, were Jews able to enter what Moses Mendelssohn memorably called the 'broad highway of human culture'; only then did the issue of what constituted Jewish art become problematic.
His grandfather was the venerable German-Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) a pioneer of the Haskalah (Enlightenment) movement in Jewish life, but he was a strictly religious Jew throughout his life.
Moreover, Ruderman asserts, the discontinuity between early modern Jewish culture and the Haskalah, or Jewish enlightenment heralding the beginning of modern Jewish history, was less sharp than historians have believed.
The chapter on Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786), the polymath known as the "Socrates of Berlin," affords the author the opportunity to summarize his own extensive research into the Haskalah or Jewish enlightenment.
The Jewish Enlightenment Movement or Haskalah developed in Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Yiddish communities, especially after the pogroms of the 1880s had marked the failure of assimilation, chose to remain autonomous within the Diaspora, and this tradition stressed the mystical interpretation of ancient texts (Hasidism) rather than the rationalism of the Haskalah.