Yosef Hayim Yerushalami
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this is a fascinating little tale and I recommend it be read.
a really fascinating read, just 120 pages, packed with thoughtful information and ideas.
In addition to Zakhor, which has had enormous impact on the scholarly world, he also has a remarkable book on Freud's Moses and a brilliant historical/biographical early scholarly work on the Jews of Spain, From Spanish Court to Italian Ghetto, both of which I highly recommend for sophisticated readers.
i have a strong interest in the Sephardic experience and will look for the book you sited. It must have been special to be in his classroom.
After reading Zakhor I went and read the Borges short Story, "Funes, the Memorious" that Yerushalmi discusses. I also recommend that.
Zakhor by Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi
A unique meditation on the role memory, forgetting and history plays in the life of the Jewish people. From the Torah to the Spanish Inquisition and the assimilation of German Jews, Yerushalmi illustrates how the Jewish people celebrate their own story and the tragedies that befell them.
His broad interest even entails a brief summary of a strange short story (Funes, the Memorist) written by the great Argentine writer, Jorge Luis Borges.
A brief book with a lasting memory of its own.
"Borges and the Jews" by Ilan Stavans. This is a fasciinating study written by an expert on the latin american jewish experience. now available on a PDF file i happened across on line. If you are a Borges fan you will enjoy:
Thank you guys and gals. I am ordering a copy. Sounds like something that is right in line with my interests, but had never heard of this volume before.
A wonderful essay by Dora Horn appeared in the NY Times Book Review dated September 1, 2013. In it she highlights the unique role memory plays in Jewish traditions and some examples of this in recent "Jewish" fiction.
Among the authors she sites are : Steve Stern, Yoram Kaniuk, Joshua Cohen, and Naomi Alderman.
In addition she speaks of the special book Zakhor by the late historian, Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi.
Here is the link: