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Daniel B. Schwartz

Daniel B. Schwartz is an associate professor of history and the director of Judaic studies at the George Washington University. His first book, The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image (Princeton University Press), was co-winner of the 2012 American Academy for Jewish Research’s Salo Wittmayer Baron Book Prize. He is currently writing a book on the ghetto that traces its evolution as a word, concept, metaphor, and place.

The Sephardic Mystique

Daniel B. Schwartz

In the late 18th century, an ardor for ancient Greek art and literature swept through German letters. German Jews were not immune, yet during the same period, they also devoted themselves to recovering the linguistic, artistic, and literary heritage of medieval Sephardic Jewry.