By Mark Kurlansky
In a selected Few, Mark Kurlansky explores the numerous the reason why Jews have lower back to Germany and Poland, and why Jews stay in Europe, how they've got controlled not just to proceed their lifestyle, yet to thrive and prosper. during the lives of people either usual and well-known, Kurlansky exhibits us the face of ecu Jewry - a face that can put on the scars of persecution, yet appears to be like towards a greater destiny with wish and boundless decision.
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Judah I, who set up the academy of 28 Origen's Sources Caesarea which produced R. Hoshaya, R. Joshua b. Levi and others. ' 11 R. Hoshaya was associated with Origen by Bacher,112 and has received sufficient notice from subsequent scholars to be passed over briefly here. 114 If actual contact with Origen is historically improbable in his case, at least he is a valuable source for various Palestinian Jewish ideas of the time which Origen knew. In the case of the other rabbis mentioned here some kind of association with Origen is at least possible.
Most of it is to be found in the section- of the de Principiis which is reproduced in the first chapter of the Philocalia Since the de Principiis is dated to Origen's Alexandrian period, his interest in halakhah may have begun early, cultivated perhaps - since one hesitates to speak of `rabbinic' schools in Alexandria at this timer 0 - during his first visit to Palestine. But it is not impossible that he revised the work much later in his life. The fullest discussion concerns the rules for the observance of the Sabbath.
Teachings are attributed to `a noted man among the Hebrews',81 `the teacher of the Hebrews, 82 and frequently to `the Hebrew'. This last title will be discussed more fully shortly. In the absence of corroborative evidence, it would be rash to suppose that these are ways of alluding indirectly to `Huillus'. 8 5 Whether or not Origen records any teachings of Hoshaya is an open question, 8 6 but it is highly probable that he was well acquainted with the foremost Jewish teacher of Caesarea in his day.
A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry by Mark Kurlansky