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Lot #    19841
Auction End Date    1/8/2008 1:17:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    De som byggt Israel.
Author    [Only Ed.] Marcus Ehrenpreis
City    Stockholm
Publisher    Hugo Gebers Forlag
Publication Date    [1929]
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 232 pp. illus., 226:153 mm., light age staining, wide uncut margins. A very good copy bound in the original wrappers.
Paragraph 1    Swedish biographies of Biblical personalities (the title translates as: The builders of Israel) by Marcus Ehrenpreis (1869-1951). This is the first of three volumes published between 1929-1943 in this series.
   Marcus Ehrenpreis (Mordecai; 18691951)was a rabbi and an author. R. Ehrenpreis, who was born in Lemberg where his father was a Hebrew printer, combined a traditional East European Jewish upbringing with a Western education, attending the Hochschule fuer die Wissenschaft des Judentums in Berlin as well as German universities. He officiated as rabbi in Djakovo, Croatia, from 1896 to 1900, and later became chief rabbi of Sofia, Bulgaria, and from 1914 of Stockholm.

As the chief rabbi of Sofia, Ehrenpreis labored to ameliorate the condition of minorities in the Balkans, and in 1913 went on a mission to several European capitals on behalf of King Ferdinand I of Bulgaria. His contributions to the early Hebrew periodicals Ha-Maggid which first appeared in 1884 and in Ha-Shilo'ah among others make him one of the pioneers of modern Hebrew literature. At the request of Theodor Herzl he translated the invitation to the First Zionist Congress into Hebrew, personally setting the type. There, and at later Zionist congresses, Ehrenpreis acted as a consultant on cultural matters. Like Berdyczewski he criticized Ahad Ha-Am's view that Hebrew literature confine itself to Jewish themes and demanded that it fulfill all the spiritual needs of Jews living within the boundaries of European culture (Ha-Shilo'ah, no. 1, 1896/97). However, in his article Ha-Sifrut ha-Illemet ("The Silent Literature") in Ha-Shilo 'ah, 17 (1908), he expressed the view that the Hebrew literature of his generation was not capable of creating "the redeeming synthesis between Judaism and Europeanism."

From then on he abandoned almost totally his interest in Hebrew literature and the Zionist movement (for which he was severely criticized by the Zionists), and devoted himself to his rabbinic and public work, writing in Swedish and other languages. He published many translations of modern Hebrew literature into Swedish; and his own essays: Landet mellam [ster och vEster ("The Country Between East and West," the journey of a Jew to Spain, 1927); [sterlandets SjEl (1926; The Soul of the East, 1928), impressions of a journey to the Middle East; and his autobiography, Mitt liv mellam [ster och vEster ("My Life Between East and West," 1946). His books were translated into several European languages and his autobiography (1953) into Hebrew. He founded the Jewish-Swedish journal Judisk Tidskrift (1928), and edited a Jewish encyclopedia in Swedish. Although first a political Zionist, he became an advocate of spiritual nationalism, believing that dispersal and assimilation were the true way of life for the Jewish people, enabling them to fulfill their spiritual mission among the nations.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
History:    Checked
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Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica