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David N. Myers

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This article explores the past and present of the concepts of “sovereignty” and “autonomy” in Jewish nationalism. It revisits the play of-and interplay between-the two terms in the current moment of globalizations, when old truths about state sovereignty are being questioned. In particular, it highlights a number of new trends in the historiography of Jewish nationalism that lend prominence to autonomist or diasporist currents; at the same time, it suggests the potential utility of such currents in helping to understand long-standing political conflicts today.

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Dorothy Kim

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This article evaluates Jewish-Christian difference in the constantly shifting terrain of thirteenth-century medieval England. It reframes this difference in relation to theories of embodiment, feminist materialism, and entanglement theory. To conceptualize how Jews can be marked by race vis-à-vis the body, the article uses the example of Christian Hebraists discussing the Hebrew alphabet and its place in thirteenth-century English bilingual manuscripts.

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Marion Aptroot and Jasmina Huber

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Isaac Wetzlar’s Libes briv (1748/9) was not printed, but circulated in manuscript form. The manuscript transmission spans a period of at least 65 years. No autograph has survived. Nine manuscripts are known today, some of which have been heavily edited. The article discusses earlier research on the manuscripts, transmission and audience, textual variants, and the different titles under which the text was circulated.

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Rebekka Voß

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This article demonstrates that Isaac Wetzlar’s Yiddish treatise Libes Briv (1748/49) substantially engages the concepts and initiatives encompassed by Pietist missionary efforts to Jews. As a calculated response to the challenge posed by Pietist missionaries and Christian critiques of Jewish life, the Love Letter should be read as a product of Jewish-Pietist interaction and entanglement. The article suggests that Wetzlar’s call for religious and social renewal competed with contemporaneous Christian Pietists over the preferable vision for eighteenthcentury Central European Jewry.

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Avraham Siluk

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Viewing Christian Pietism as an influential context for Isaac Wetzlar’s Libes briv raises some questions regarding the acquaintance of the Jewish author of this booklet with this religious movement of awakening. This article will give an answer to this question by illuminating the role Pietism and its ideas have played in the environment where Wetzlar lived, worked and wrote. Using new source material, I will show the many points of interaction Wetzlar has had with Pietism as well as his encounters with Pietists, which were the basis for the intellectual exchange which led him to write his Yiddish treatise.

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The Sons of Scripture

The Karaites in Poland and Lithuania in the Twentieth Century

Mikhail Kizilov