Gershom Scholem, 1897-1982

A brilliant scholar of Jewish mysticism and messianism, Berlin-born Scholem arrived in the Land of Israel in 1923 after completing his doctorate and taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he was the first professor devoted to Jewish mysticism. He published more than 40 volumes and some 700 articles. He was the first head librarian of the Judaic collection at the National Library of Israel.

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