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Exile in Amsterdam

"Exile in Amsterdam" is based on a rich, extensive, and previously untapped source from one of the most important and fascinating Jewish communities in early-modern Europe. The leading rabbi of this community, Saul Levi Morteira (ca 1596-1660), a master of Jewish homiletical art, was known to have published one book of fifty sermons in 1645. Recently a collection of 550 manuscript sermons in Morteira's writing turned up in the Rabbinical Seminary of Budapest. After years of painstaking study from microfilms and three trips to Budapest to consult the actual manuscripts, Marc Saperstein has written the first comprehensive analysis of the historical significance of these texts.
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Marc Saperstein is the Charles E. Smith Professor of Jewish History and director of the Program in Judaic Studies at George Washington University. Two of his previous books, Jewish Preaching, 1200-1800 (Yale University Press, 1992) and "Your Voice Like a Ram's Horn" (Hebrew Union College Press, 1996), have won national Jewish book awards.


"The book bristles with a passion for the sermonic art." --Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Arizona State University

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