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Haham Moses Gaster: Wayward Genius

English · Hardback

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Professor Michael Berkowitz, the Professor of Modern Jewish History at University College London, has said that 'The Haham Moses Gaster (1856-1939) is one of the most significant figures in modern Jewish history but has not yet attracted a full-blown biographical study in either English or Hebrew.' Cecil Roth, the foremost Anglo-Jewish historian of his time, said 'If Moses Gaster fell short of unquestioned primacy in any of his multitudinous activities, it was for the very reason that his enormous ability was diverted through so many channels and brought him such high distinction in all.' Moses Gaster was, however, an unusual British spiritual leader. His heart remained in his native Romania, where he made a major contribution to the literary history of what was then a new country. He was fascinated by the ancient world: folk-lore, spells, Biblical archaeology, the relations between empires long forgotten. Moses Gaster held many offices in bodies like the Folk-Lore Society, which saw in a Jewish rabbi a man equally informed about their outlook and interests.

About the author

Derek Taylor, OBE, is the author of British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006, Don Pacifico - The Acceptable Face of Gunboat Diplomacy, Solomon Schonfeld - A Purpose in Life, Jewish Parliamentarians (with Greville Janner), Thank You For Your Business: The Jewish Contribution to the British Economy, Chief Rabbi Hertz: The Wars of the Lord, Defenders of the Faith: The History of Jews' College and the London School of Jewish Studies and Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler (all published with Vallentine Mitchell), amongst other works.

Product details

Authors Derek Taylor
Publisher Vallentine Mitchell
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 30.11.2021
EAN 9781803710020
ISBN 978-1-80371-002-0
No. of pages 272
Dimensions 152 mm x 231 mm x 23 mm
Weight 567 g
Subject Non-fiction book > Philosophy, religion > Biographies, autobiographies

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