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Yaacob Dweck

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2012

Sunday, 19 February 2012

The Scandal of Kabbalah is the first book about the origins of a culture war that began in early modern Europe and continues to this day: the debate between kabbalists and their critics on the nature of Judaism and the meaning of religious tradition. Drawing on a range of previously unexamined sources, Dweck told the story of the first criticism of Kabbalah, Ari Nohem, written by Leon of Modena in Venice in 1639.

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Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.