Monday, June 12, 2017

New Kuzari Stuff June 2017

Does anyone look at or follow this blog anymore?  Well, if so:

The great scholar of Judeo-Arabic literature and medieval Jewish philosophy, Professor Tzvi Langermann, is re-reading the Kuzari and blogging about it here:

Michael Schwartz's long-awaited translation of the Kuzari into Hebrew is now available.  Another great scholar of medieval Jewish philosophy, Daniel Lasker, reviews it here:

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Note from Menachem Kellner

I received this e-mail yesterday from Menachem Kellner. I am posting it here with his permission.

Subject: two new books

Shalom, one and all.

Two new and very different books reached me this week:

1) Hannah Kasher, Al ha-Minim, ha-Epikorsim ve-haKofrim bi-Mishnat ha-Rambam (Tel Aviv: Ha-Kibbutz ha-Meuhad, in the series: 'Sifriyat Hillel Ben-Haim'). Hannah is a past master of close readings of Maimonidean texts and this 200-page book unpacks the implications of Hilkhot Teshuvah III.6-8. I read an earlier version of this book and recommend it highly and look forward to studying this final version.

2) Yizhak Sheilat, Bein ha-Kuzari la-Rambam (available through the website of Yeshivat Birkat Moshe in Ma'aled Adumim). Rabbi Sheilat has been putting the world of Rambam studies in his debt through his editions and tranlsations of many of Rambam's Arabic texts. In his notes to these editions he has consistently engaged in what might be called a moderate attempt to 'Halevi-ize' Rambam. I therefore approached this book with a certain amount of trepidation. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that while R. Sheilat certainly seeks to transpose Rambam into an Halevian key (anyone familiar with my book, Maimonides' Confrontation with Mysticism, will know how unsympathetic to that approach -- as I trust, would be Rambam himself), he does so in an 'upfront' and remarkably moderate fashion. For a book which in my estimation is fundamentally wrong-headed, it is very well done and worthy of study.

Professor Menachem Kellner
Dept. of Jewish History and Thought, University of Haifa
Senior Fellow, Institute for Philosophy, Political Theory and Religion, Shalem Center, Jerusalem

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Work on Brecher's Commentary on the Kuzari

just published:

Michael L. Miller, "'Your Loving Uncle': Gideon Brecher, Moritz Steinschneider, and the Moravian Haskalah," in Studies on Steinschneider: Moritz Steinschneider and the Emergence of the Science of Judaism in Nineteenth-Century Germany, ed. Reimund Leicht and Gad Freudenthal. Leiden: Brill, 2012, pp.37-80.

Friday, June 25, 2010

New Edition of Korobkin's English Translation

Click on the image to enlarge the flyer.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Reviews of my book.

To my knowledge, four reviews of my book have been published to date. These not only offer some corrections to my work but also in many senses new data for the reception of the Kuzari.

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson in The American Historical Review 114, 3 (June 2009): 818-819.

Allan Nadler in the Forward, July 22, 2009, also reviewing R. Scheindlin, The Song of the Distant Dove.

Gianfranco Miletto in European Journal of Jewish Studies 3 (2009): 272-273.

Jean-Pierre Rothschild in Revue des ètudes juives 168 (2009): 572-574.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The supposed Karaite-Khazar connection

On p.259 of my book, I briefly discuss the controversy over the supposed discovery of the gravestone of "Isaac Sangari," by Abraham Firkovich in the nineteenth-century in terms of belief about the authorship of the Kuzari.

In the course of my research, I missed this fascinating article on the affair:

Dan Shapira, "Yitshaq Sangari, Sangarit, Bezalel Stern, and Avraham Firkowicz: Notes on Two Forged Inscriptions," Archivum Eurasiae Medii Aevi 14 (2002-2003): 293-317.

I thank Daniel Lasker of Ben Gurion University for the reference. Professor Lasker also tells me that more information is available in Shapira's new book: Matsevot bet ha-ʻalmin shel ha-Yehudim ha-Ḳaraʻim be-Ts’ufuṭ-Ḳalʻeh, Ḳrim (Jerusalem, 2008).


Mikhail Kizilov informs me about his two co-authored articles and his new book from Brill:

Kizilov, Mikhail, and Diana Mikhaylova. “The Khazar Kaganate and the Khazars in European Nationalist Ideologies and Scholarship.” Archivum Eurasii Medii Aevi 14 (2005): 31-53.

Kizilov, Mikhail, Diana Mikhailova. „Khazary i Khazarskii kaganat v evropeiskikh
natsionalisticheskikh ideologiiakh i politicheski orientirovannoi nauchno issledovatel’skoi literature.” Khazarskii Al’manakh 3 (Khar’kov, 2004): 34-62.

Mikhail Kizilov, The Karaites of Galicia: An Ethnoreligious Minority Among the Ashkenazim, the Turks, and the Slavs, 1772-1945. Leiden: Brill, 2009.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fano 1506 edition for sale

On June 25, Kestenbaum and Company will auction a copy of the 1st edition of the Kuzari, Fano 1506. Details here.