From Bobowa to Magenza to Jerusalem. The Biography of Avraham Shlomo Stub – between Hasidism and Zionism Cover Image
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From Bobowa to Magenza to Jerusalem. The Biography of Avraham Shlomo Stub – between Hasidism and Zionism
From Bobowa to Magenza to Jerusalem. The Biography of Avraham Shlomo Stub – between Hasidism and Zionism

Author(s): Andreas Lehnardt
Subject(s): History, Jewish studies, Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: Aliyah; Bobowa; Holocaust; Jerusalem’s modern history; the Halberstam family; Hasidism; Germany; the State of Israel; Mainz; Mahzike ha-das; migration; Mizrahi; orthodoxy; Abraham Stub;Zionism

Summary/Abstract: The article summarizes and highlights some sections of the autobiography of Abraham Stub, a Jew born in Bobowa into a family of adherents of the Bobower Rebbe. In his early childhood Stub migrated with his parents to Mainz in Germany, later escaping the Shoah to Palestine, where he managed to establish a store in the center of West Jerusalem (Ma‛ayan Stub). The autobiography, written in Hebrew, was until recently unknown, although it contains interesting information about the relationship of Jews from Bobowa with their home town after migration, as well as transmitting remarkable biographical details about Rebbe Ben Zion Halberstam’s life in Bobowa. Stub depicts himself as a traditional Jew who during and after World War I and his service in the Austrian army became more and more a religious Zionist. His book thus also provides many insights into the early development of the Mizrahi movement in Germany, where Jews from Eastern Europe, especially from Galicia, were often discriminated against by German Jews and therefore established their own small prayer circles (Mahzike ha-das). Stub’s life story developed from this traditional Hasidic Diaspora background into a typical religious Zionist, so to speak Israeli orthodox biography. It might serve as an example for further studies about migration from the East to the West and further on to Israel, where Jews from Poland or a Polish background still play a dominant role in the political and religious public sphere.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 67-80
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English