V?ilne: Farlag “t?omor”, 1937. Item #27478
(FT) Hardcover, 8vo, 292 pages, 2 volumes in 1, portraits, 24 cm. In Yiddish. SUBJECT(S) : Hasidism -- History. Hasidim -- Biography. Translation of: Hasidut veha-hasidim. Horodezky (1871–1957) was a “scholar and historian of Jewish mysticism and Hasidism. He was born in Malin (Kiev region) and studied in the courts of Tzaddikim in Malin and Chernobyl. He was attracted to the Haskalah and at the age of 20 settled in Berdichev where he changed from a rabbinic author to a Hebrew writer and began to correspond with contemporary authors. The pogroms of 1905–06 made him leave the Ukraine. He took advantage of his election as a delegate to the Eighth Zionist Congress (The Hague, 1907) and remained in the West. From 1908 to 1938 he lived for several periods in Switzerland and Germany. Horodezky was a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Judaica (1927–34) , and founder of the Hasidic archives of the Schocken Press (1935) . In 1938 he emigrated to Palestine and settled in Tel Aviv. Horodezky was one of the last scholars to write in the manner of Wissenschaft der Judenthums before its development into modern Jewish scholarship. Like other contemporaries, he was a product of the intellectual climate of the East European Jewish town and educated himself to become a Hebrew writer. His quiet, informative, non-argumentative manner of speech helped break the boycott of the maskilim against Hasidism. He liked to cite representative sources but wrote little analysis and criticism” (Bin-Gorion in EJ 2010) . OCLC lists 9 copies worldwide. Hinge repairs. Wear to binding. Yellow pages. Title page has brittle edges. Personal inscription inside front cover. (Hasid-3-6).