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A Promoter of the Haskala in Romania: Moses Gaster
A Promoter of the Haskala in Romania: Moses Gaster

Author(s): Mariuca Stanciu
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: The Goldstein Goren Center for Hebrew Studies
Keywords: History of Romanian Jews; Moses Gaster;

Summary/Abstract: Moses Gaster, probably the most outstanding representative of the 19th century Romanian Jewry, is reputed worldwide for his contribution to the comparative study of folklore, Jewish Apocrypha and Samaritan Studies. However, in Romania Gaster is generally known and appreciated for his keen interest in the Romanian popular literature and Romanian language. The article aims to present a rather different aspect of Gaster's complex personality - that of a Haskala promoter. It is this side which defines him best as a multi-faceted scholar, an activist for the civil rights of Romanian and East European Jews, and a pioneer of cultural Zionism.

  • Issue Year: 2001
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 53-62
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English