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Asjer Waterman en Anna E. de Wilde: Reviving the soul of the community. Developments in the post-war history of Ets Haim - Livraria Montezinos. Menasseh ben Israel Instituut Studies xv (ISBN 978-90-829674-0-1, 66 pages, in English, Amsterdam 2019), Euro 10.

Until this publication, the recent history of Ets Haim-Livraria Montezinos was paid scant attention. Yet the post-war years may have been the most tumultuous in the life of the famous library of the Portuguese-Jewish congregation of Amsterdam. During this tough chapter, the community’s few surviving members who were responsible for the books faced formidable challenges. With the meagre resources available, how were they to restore the library – the ‘soul’ of their congregation – after most of its books had miraculously survived the Nazi lootings? Were these books still safe in Europe? And were there enough Jews left to warrant them remaining there? Or were they perhaps better off in the brand new Jewish state, where many more people would take an interest in them? On the basis of original archival research, Asjer Waterman and Anna de Wilde have chronicled how these questions led to bitter conflicts, but how in the end the library emerged again as the pride and joy of Amsterdam’s Portuguese Jews. It thus remains the oldest still functioning library in the world, but has also become a modern research library with well-preserved books and manuscripts that draws scholars from the four corners of the earth to the heart of Jewish Amsterdam.





Marion Aptroot (ed.) Yiddish and Modernism; Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 12 (ISBN 978-90-822655-9-0, 54 pages, in English. Amsterdam 2019), €7,00.

Proceedings of the 12th Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium, held in January 2018, with the following chapters:

Efrat Gal-Ed: In a heylikn mitvokh. On a Holy Wednesday: Itzik Manger's Modernist Moves.
Karolina Szymaniak: Settling the Score. Modernist Translingual Practice and the Dynamics of Polish-Yiddish Literary Contacts in the Interwar Period.


Marion Aptroot (ed.) Yiddish after 1945; Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 11 (ISBN 978-90-822655-8-3, 66 pages, in English, Amsterdam 2018), €7,00.

After the Second World War, Yiddish culture appeared to be all but annihilated. The murder of large numbers of Yiddish speakers during the Shoah, which came after almost a century of linguistic assimilation among of Ashkenazic Jews, seemed to mark the end of Yiddish as a living language. This caused serious concern among remaining Yiddish intellectuals such as authors, journalists, theatre and film makers and educators, who began to question how and if the use of the Yiddish language was to be continued.


During the eleventh edition of the Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium, held in January 2017, three scholars of Yiddish literature and culture presented important observations and considerations regarding the state and future of Yiddish after the end of the Second World War. Gali Drucker Bar-Am mapped out major Yiddish cultural enterprises that took place around the world in the immediate post-war years. Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov discussed and analyzed Yiddish activities in Poland, a country with state-sponsored Jewish institutions, in the two decades following the Second World War. Anita Norich talked about the role of translation: translation as the herald of the end of a living Yiddish culture or as a means of preservation of this culture that enables it to continue to flourish. The current publication, edited by prof. Marion Aptroot, contains the proceedings of this symposium.


David J. Wertheim (ed.), Tradition and Modernity in Ets Haim, Menasseh ben Israel Instituut Studies xiv (ISBN 978-90-822655-7-6, 40 pages, in English, Amsterdam 2017), Euro 10.

About Tradition and Modernity in Ets Haim:

In 2016 Ets Haim, the oldest active Jewish library in the world, celebrated its 400th birthday. Originally a school library for former conversos, unversed in Jewish practice, it was created to regenerate Jewish tradition. At the same time, its accumulation of knowledge and learning served as a vehicle for modernity. The two papers in this issue, delivered at the symposium celebrating Ets Haim’s jubilee, and written by scholars of the library’s unique sources, examine this paradox. Gregory Kaplan shows how the 17th century rabbi of the Amsterdam Portuguese community, Saul Levi Morteira, contributed to democratization, trying to bring conversos back to Judaism through a democratic interpretation of the Hebrew Republic, that left its mark on other Portuguese Jewish thinkers like Barrios and Spinoza. David Sclar shows how the maturation of the library in the mid-18th century reflected both a traditional emphasis on rabbinical literature, and the modern creation of research library.

Judith Frishman (ed.), New Perspectives on Jewish Historiography . Menasseh ben Israel Instituut Studies xiii (ISBN 978-90-822655-6-9, 116 pages, in English, Amsterdam 2017).
€ 10,00

About New Perspectives on Jewish Historiography:
The art of writing about Jewish History has a long history itself, and is still developing. The three articles in this issue of Menasseh ben Israel Institute Studies, written by prominent theoreticians of Jewish Historiography, discuss the origins of the writing about Jewish History, its development and change in the light of societal and academic debates on history writing. Andreas Gotzmann discusses how a “minority” perspective has led Jewish historiography to remain a conservative endeavor. Klaus Hödl argues that mainstream historiography, in adhering to unqualified notions of assimilation and acculturation, has ignored popular culture and hampered our understanding of the interactive nature of Jewishness. Wim Klooster traces the consequences for Jewish Historiography in the wake of new research into the Atlantic World in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their new perspectives on Jewish Historiography will be of interest to all interested in Jewish History writing, whether scholarly or popular.

Hans Blom, David Wertheim, Hetty Berg en Bart Wallet (red.), Geschiedenis van de Joden in Nederland, Uitgeverij Balans, 589 pagina's, geïllustreerd. Euro 49,95. Te verkrijgen o.a. via de boekwinkel van het Joods Historisch Museum en bol.com.

Jew as Legitimation

David J. Wertheim (ed.), The Jew as Legitimation. Jewish-Gentile Relations Beyond Antisemitism and Philosemitism, Palgrave Macmillan, 304 pages, 1 illustration, 2017. 

This book traces the histiorical phenomenon of "The Jew as Legitimation". Contributors discuss how jews have been used, through time, to validate non-Jewish beliefs. The volume dissects the dilemmas and challenges this pattern has presented to Jews. Throughout history, Jews and Judaism have served to legitimize the beliefs of Gentiles. Jews functioned as Augustine's witnesses to the truth of Christianity, as Christian Kabbalist's source for Protestant truths, as an argument for hte enlightened claim for tolerance, as the focus of modern Christian Zionist reverence, and as a weapon of contemporary right wing populism against fears of Islamization. This volume challenges understandings of Jewish-Gentile relations, offering a counter-perspective to discourses of antisemitism and philosemitism".

The book can be ordered at Palgrave Macmillan, through this link.


Remco Ensel (red.), Sjacheren met Stereotypen. Essays over “de Jood” als Sjabloon. Menasseh ben Israel Instituut Studies xii (ISBN 978-90-822655-5-2, 116 pp., in Dutch, Amsterdam 2016).
€ 10,00

De “American Jewish Princess”, de “passieve Jood”, de “rijke Jood”, de “Jood als talisman”, de “Judas”, de “toegeëigende Jood”:  de essays in deze bundel belichten, geïnspireerd door het werk van Evelien Gans, de vele verschillende wijzen waarop zowel niet-Joden als Joden zelf “de Jood” hebben verbeeld. Zij tonen dat het karikatuur van het stereotype vaak meerdere betekenissen bevat waarachter een complexe werkelijkheid schuilgaat. De essays laten zien hoe deze dubbele bodems zulke stereotypen niet alleen inzetbaar maken voor uiteenlopende agenda’s, maar ook verrassende inzichten verschaffen in de soms ingewikkelde maatschappelijke verhoudingen tussen Joden en niet-Joden. Met bijdragen door o.a. Frank van Vree, Max Arian, Hans Blom en Peter Romijn. Voor de inhoudsopgave van het boek klik hier

Marion Aptroot (ed.) Dutch in Yiddish, Yiddish in Dutch; Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 10 (ISBN 978-90-822655-4-5, 58 pp. Engelstalig, Amsterdam 2016), €7,00.

It is a well-known fact that Yiddish was the lingua franca of the Ashkenazi diaspora until the middle of the nineteenth century. Nevertheless, Yiddish was also influenced by languages in the locations where a Jewish community settled. The universal and particular characteristics of Yiddish are clearly apparent in the Amsterdam case as well. Local usage began to penetrate Yiddish in the second half of the seventeenth century, and the process intensified throughout the eighteenth century. Moreover, during the next century Yiddish began to play a role in the local Amsterdam dialect of the Dutch, and similar developments can be identified in the eastern provinces of the Netherlands as well. The proceedings of the 2014 Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium contain an attempt to map both trajectories of influences: Dutch on Yiddish, and Yiddish on Dutch, with contributions by Marion Aptroot, Shlomo Berger z”l and Marc van Oostendorp.

Natalia Kolbar: "The Memory of the Shoah in Jewish Museums. A Comparative Analysis of the Role of the Shoah in the Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam and the Jewish Museum Berlin". Menasseh ben Israel Institute Studies xi (ISBN 978-90-822655-3-8, 98 pp., ill., in English, Amsterdam 2016).
€ 10,00

Dr. E. Cohen: The Cohen Book. Menasseh ben Israel Institute, ISBN 978-90-822655-2-1, 336 pp.,ill., in English, Amsterdam 2016. Prce of the book: Euro 14,50. Postage: the Netherlands: Euro 4; outside the Netherlands Euro 12. This publication can only be ordered by e-mail to the Museumshop of the Jewish Historical Museum.


Tirtsah Levie Bernfeld: Dowries and Dotar: an Unbroken Chain of 400 Years. Essay written on the 400th anniversary of the Amsterdam-based Portuguese Jewish bridal society Santa Companha de Dotar Orphas e Donzellas. Menasseh ben Israel Instituut/Joods Historisch Museum Essay Series in Culture and Art No. 2. ISBN 978-90-822655-0-7, 106 pp., ill, in English, Amsterdam 2015. This publication can only be ordered by e-mail to the Museumshop of the Jewish Historical Museum.
€ 12.95


Shlomo Berger, ed. Margins and Centers in Yiddish Culture and Literature; Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 9 (ISBN 978-90-822655-1-4, 65 pp. in English, Amsterdam 2014)
€ 7,00

Theodor Dunkelgrün: "Never Printed Like This Before". Johannes Leusden, Joseph Athias and the Hebrew Bible (1659-1667). Menasseh ben Israel Institute Studies x (ISBN 978-90-806570-0-7, 144 pp., ill., in English, Amsterdam 2014).
€ 10,00


Shlomo Berger, ed. Yiddish Cities: Montreal, Melbourne, Tel Aviv; Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 8 (ISBN 978-90-815860-9-2, 87 pp. in English, Amsterdam 2013)
€ 7,00

Peter Tammes (red.) Oostjoodse Passanten en Blijvers. Aankomst, opvang, transmigratie en vestiging van joden uit Rusland in Amsterdam en Rotterdam, 1882-1914. Menasseh ben Israel Instituut Studies ix (ISBN 978-90-815860-8-5; 160 pp., ill., in Dutch, Amsterdam 2013).
€ 10,00


Shlomo Berger, ed. Between Yiddish and Hebrew; Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 7 (ISBN 978-90-815860-7-8, 74 pp. in English, Amsterdam 2012)
€ 7,00

Tsila Rädecker, Schuld en Boete in Joods Amsterdam. Kerktucht bij de Hoogduitse joodse gemeente. Menasseh ben Israel Institute Studies viii, (ISBN 978-90-815860-6-1; 75 p. ill., in Dutch, Amsterdam 2012)
€ 10,00

Alexander van der Haven, From Lowly Metaphor to Divine Flesh: Sarah the Ashkenazi, Sabbatai Tsvi's Messianic Queen and the Sabbatian Movement. Menasseh ben Israel Institute Studies vii, (ISBN 978-90815860-5-4; 79 p. ill., in English, Amsterdam 2012)
€ 10,00

Shlomo Berger, ed. From the Shtetl to the Metropolis; Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 6 (ISBN 978-90-815860-4-7, in English, Amsterdam 2012). 

Adri Offenberg, Menasseh ben Israel (1604-1657),A Biographical Sketch, Menasseh ben Israel Instituut Studies vi, (ISBN 978-90815860-0-9; 42 p. ill., in English, Amsterdam 2011)
€ 10,00

Sharon Assaf and Emily D. Bilski. Salom Italia's Esther Scrolls and the Dutch Golden Age, Menasseh ben Israel Instituut/Joods Historisch Museum Essay Series in Jewish Culture and Art no. 1. (ISBN 978-90-815860-3-0; 52 pages, ill., Amsterdam 2011).

Essay published on the occasion of the exhibition "The Triumph of Identity: Salom Italia's Esther Scrolls and the Dutch Golden Age", in the Jewish Historical Museum from March 21 till July 3, 2011.
€ 10,00



Yosef Kaplan. Religion, Politics and Freedom of Conscience. Menasseh ben Israel Instituut Studies v (ISBN 978-90815860-1-6; 36 p.,in English, Amsterdam 2010)
€ 10,00

Steven E. Aschheim.
The Modern Jewish Experience and the Entangled Web of Orientalism. Menasseh ben Israel Instituut Studies iv (ISBN 978-90-806570-9-0; 42 p., in English, Amsterdam 2010)
€ 10,00

Serge ter Braake en Paul van Trigt.
Leerhandelaar, looier, lederfabrikant. Het succes van Joodse ondernemers in de Nederlandse Leerindustrie (1870-1940). Menasseh ben Israel Instituut Studies iii (ISBN 978-90-806570-8-3; 107 p., in Dutch, ill., Amsterdam 2010)
€ 10,00

Shlomo Berger, ed.
The Politics of Yiddish; Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 5 (ISBN 978-90-815860-2-3, in English, Amsterdam 2010).
€ 7,00



Shlomo Berger, ed. Early Modern Yiddish Poetry; Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 3 (ISBN 978-90-806570-5-2, 63 p., in English, Amsterdam 2009).
€ 7,00



Shlomo Berger, ed. Yiddish Storytelling; Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 4 (Amsterdam 2009).
€ 7,00

Bernard Wasserstein, Isaiah Berlin, Isaac Deutscher and Arthur Koestler: Their Jewish Wars Menasseh ben Israel Instituut Studies ii (Amsterdam 2009)
€ 10,00


Edwin Seroussi, Diversity within Unity, Some Historical Aspects of Dutch Synagogue Music Menasseh ben Israel Instituut Studies i (Amsterdam, 2008)
€ 10,00


Rena Fuks-Mansfeld, Wout Visser, Lies Poesiat, Peter Manasse, Wally de Lang, Salvador Bloemgarten red. Joden in Nederland in de Twintigste Eeuw; Een Biografisch Woordenboek (Utrecht 2007, to be ordered through publisher Spectrum)

Shlomo Berger, ed.
The Bible in/and Yiddish; Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 1 (Amsterdam 2007).
€ 7,00

Shlomo Berger, ed. The Multiple Voices of Modern Yiddish Literature; Amsterdam Yiddish Symposium 2 (Amsterdam 2007).
€ 7,00

David Stern, ‘Joodse‘ kunst en de wording van het middeleeuwse joodse gebedenboek [Leeser Rosenthal/Juda Palache lecture of May 29, 2007].
€ 7,00


Ada Rapoport-Albert, 
De moeder van God. De vrouwelijke Messias in de joodse mystiek van de achttiende eeuw [Leeser Rosenthal/Juda Palache lecture of May 16, 2006].
€ 7,00


Shimon Iakerson, 
Abraham Firkovich de Karaïet en zijn verzameling Hebreeuwse en Samaritaanse manuscripten in Sint-Petersburg [Leeser Rosenthal/Juda Palache lecture of May 17, 2005].
€ 7,00


W. Zeev Harvey, Maimonides' plaats in de geschiedenis van de joodse filosofie [Leeser Rosenthal/Juda Palache lecture of February 23, 2004].
€ 7,00


David B. Ruderman, 
De Culturele betekenis van het getto in de joodse geschiedenis [Leeser Rosenthal/Juda Palache lecture of March 3, 2003].
€ 7,00


Adri Offenberg, 
Menasseh ben Israel (1604-1657). Een biografische schets.
€ 7,00

Jiddische Bücher und Handschriften aus den Niederlanden. Exhibition catalogue in collaboration with HeinrichHeine-Universität Düsseldorf.
€ 7,00