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dc.contributor.advisorGurock, Jeffrey S.
dc.contributor.advisorKarlip, Joshua
dc.contributor.advisorBerger, David
dc.contributor.authorOser, Asher C.
dc.identifier.citationOser, Asher C. When an American Jew Produced: Judah David Eisenstein and the First Hebrew Encyclopedia. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Jewish History, Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University, August 2020.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertation, PhD. --- Bernard Revel Graduate School, Y.U., Open Access.en_US
dc.description.abstractBetween 1907 and 1913, Judah David Eisenstein (1854–1956), an amateur scholar and entrepreneurial immigrant to New York City, produced the first modern Hebrew encyclopedia, Ozar Yisrael. The Ozar was in part a traditionalist response to Otsar Hayahdut: Hoveret l’dugma, a sample volume of an encyclopedia created by Asher Ginzberg (Ahad Ha’am)’s circle of cultural nationalists. However, Eisenstein was keen for his encyclopedia to have a veneer of objective and academic respectability. To achieve this, he assembled a global cohort of contributors who transcended religious and ideological boundaries, even as he retained firm editorial control. Through the story of the Ozar Yisrael, this dissertation highlights the role of America as an exporter of Jewish culture, raises questions about the borders between Haskalah and cultural nationalism, and reveals variety among Orthodox thinkers active in Jewish culture in America at the turn of the twentieth century.en_US
dc.publisherNew York, NY: Bernard Revel Graduate School. Yeshiva University.en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectJudaic studiesen_US
dc.subjectAmerican studiesen_US
dc.titleWhen an American Jew Produced: Judah David Eisenstein and the First Hebrew Encyclopedia.en_US

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