Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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p. vii

List of Figures

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pp. viii-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

WHEN I WAS a child in post-World War II Germany, my father brought home wallpaper samples for me to draw on. At a time of extreme material and spiritual poverty, I created on scrap paper worlds of richness and beauty that I had never seen but was sure existed...

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Prologue: The Problem of Individuation and Community

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pp. 1-4

IN 1897, Martin Mordecai Halevi Buber (1878-1965), who was an Austrian citizen by birth, returned to Vienna from Lvov, Galicia, where he had been raised by his grandparents, Salomon and Adele Buber, to pursue university studies.1 From 1897 to 1904, Buber continued...

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I. A Time of Crisis: Contemporary Cultural Concerns, 1897-1901

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pp. 5-20

TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY Vienna was unique in every respect. Politically, it was the center of the multiethnic Austro-Hungarian monarchy; culturally, it was at once fiercely Austrian nationalistic and proudly European, influencing the entire German-speaking domain....

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2. Academic Beginnings: Apprenticeship in Aesthetics, 1897-1904

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pp. 21-47

BUBER FIRST matriculated at the University of Vienna, the k.k. Universitat, in January 1897.1 Although he specifically stated in his Autobiographical Fragments that he spent the first year of his university studies in Vienna, he also concluded that
the lectures of those...

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3. Kadima! Apprenticeship in Jewish Culture, 1898-1905

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pp. 48-89

THE EMANCIPATION of German Jewry proceeded in fits and starts over the course of the nineteenth century. Throughout the century, advocates of religious reform had been stressing the need to modernize the meaning of Judaism and the nature of the liturgical service for...

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4. Hasidism: Apprenticeship in a Life of the Communal Spirit, 1905-1908

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pp. 90-117

THIS CHAPTER explores primarily Buber's writings on spirituality. Buber studied the Hasidic sources and transmitted texts. In his view, because neither the Baal Shem Tov nor Rabbi Nachman (1772-1810) wrote down their teachings themselves, and we only have their stories...

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Epilogue: Toward a Synthesis of all Syntheses

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pp. 118-126

IN AN EFFORT to create a composite picture of Buber's formative years, 1897-1909, we have looked at Buber's areas of involvement during this period. By Buber's own admission, he at times resembled the twisted image of Ury's Jeremiah and then again the primal Jew...

Appendix

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pp. 127-130

Notes

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pp. 131-160

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 161-168

Index

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pp. 169-177