No Masters But God: Portraits of Anarcho-Judaism (Contemporary Anarchist Studies) (Paperback)

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The forgotten legacy of religious Jewish anarchism, and the adventures and ideas of its key figures, finally comes to light in this book. Set in the decades surrounding both world wars, No masters but God identifies a loosely connected group of rabbis and traditionalist thinkers who explicitly appealed to anarchist ideas in articulating the meaning of the Torah, traditional practice, Jewish life and the mission of modern Jewry. Full of archival discoveries and first translations from Yiddish and Hebrew, it explores anarcho-Judaism in its variety through the works of Yaakov Meir Zalkind, Yitshak Nahman Steinberg, Yehudah Leyb Don-Yahiya, Avraham Yehudah Heyn, Natan Hofshi, Shmuel Alexandrov, Yehudah Ashlag and Aaron Shmuel Tamaret. With this ground-breaking account, Hayyim Rothman traces a complicated story about the modern entanglement of religion and anarchism, pacifism and Zionism, prophetic anti-authoritarianism and mystical antinomianism.

About the Author

Hayyim Rothman is a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at Bar Ilan University, Israel

Product Details
ISBN: 9781526167217
ISBN-10: 1526167212
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: February 14th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Contemporary Anarchist Studies