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Anat Helman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190265427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190265427.001.0001

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The Literary Character of the Haskalah

The Literary Character of the Haskalah

(p.264) The Literary Character of the Haskalah
Jews and Their Foodways

Anat Helman

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the nature of Haskalah literature. Haskalah or the Jewish Enlightenment, was a movement among European Jews that advocated the adoption of enlightenment values by pressing for better integration into European society, and increasing education in secular studies, Hebrew language, and Jewish history. Thus, Haskalah literature promoted the movement as a system of thought and practice aimed at modernizing Jewish culture and Jewish life. The crux of literary Haskalah is not its philosophical or political stance but rather its implicit or explicit views regarding what culture can or cannot do in the world, making it similar to literature written during the Romantic period.

Keywords:   Haskalah, Jewish Enlightenment, European Jews, Hebrew language, literature

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