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Gershom Sholem’s Books as a FREE Online Read

B”H
Not everyone is into Gershom Sholem but I do like his books. They contain a lot of history and Sholem’s historical research is very well done !
For those of you interested in reading some of his books online, here is a free download:

https://archive.org/details/GershomScholem_201310

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6 thoughts on “Gershom Sholem’s Books as a FREE Online Read

  1. B”H

    Hi David,

    Great to hear from you ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sholem’s books are not necessarily sold in Mea Shearim bookstores but it was him, putting kabbalistic history / writings into a time frame and in order. He really did a good job and I like reading his books. There is so much to learn from.

    • The Holy Brothers in Mea have almost unanimously never heard of Dr. Gerhard Scholem, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig or anybody even remotely thinking in their modern ways. Scholarly empiricism is not part of their intellectual equipment.

  2. B”H

    Well, I am not a Buber fan either and neither was Sholem. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Unfortunately, many intellectual interests have gone lost today but I still know a lot of Haredim studying at the Gershom Sholem Hall at the Jewish National Library in Jerusalem.

    • Are they studying the books he left, or those he wrote? There are a few Haredim who study writings by Scholem and others, and who read Kant and Wittgenstein, but very few. It is truly amazing how brilliant some of those Hareidi guys can be.

  3. B”H

    The Olam Gershom Sholem is an independent part of the Jewish National Library located on the Hebrew University Compound in the Givat Ram neighbourhood. Across Netanyahu’s office.

    When Gershom Sholem died, he left a huge book collection and had ordered that a library should be founded. With his private book collection containing hundreds of all kinds of kabbalistic works. Written by all kinds of Rabbis. It is a rare collection and many manuscripts are a hundred or more years old and written by hand.

    You can study all kinds of books at the Olam Gershom Sholem because it is one of the greatest chassidic and kabbalistic collection ever. I suppose that most Haredim going there are studying Kabbalah and Chassidut but not necessarily the books Sholem wrote. ๐Ÿ™‚

    However, I know a couple of haredi guys who do go there and even study Greek philosophy. A Vishnitzer guy is preparing a book on “How far the influence of Greek philosophy was on Judaism”. A very interesting subject !!!

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