Richard Sieburth is Associate Professor of French, New York University.Gershom Scholem's contribution to the understanding of Jewish mysticism is so dramatic that it warrants a separate introduction. As a young student of mathematics, he became a Zionist and his interest shifted to Jewish history. Scholem moved from Germany to become the librarian of the new University and National Library in Jerusalem in 1923 and served as a professor at Hebrew University from 1935 to 1965. Before him, Jewish historians during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries scorned the ignored mystical dimension of Judaism as a relic of premodern superstition and ignorance. Scholem's erudition and deep insight gave Cabala a scholarly audience. His writings are often difficult to read, but they are indispensable for any thorough knowledge of the subject of Jewish mysticism.
Lee Siegelis professor of religious studies at the University of Hawaii. He is the author of many books, includingLove in a Dead Language,Who Wrote the Book of Love?, andLove and the Incredibly Old Man, all published by the University of Chicago Press.
Harry Zohn, 1924 - 2001 Harry Zohn was born in 1924 in Vienna and came to Boston in 1940 from London. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Suffolk University, Boston, in 1946 and his Master's in Education At Clark University in 1947 and a Ph. D. in German language and literature from Harvard in 1952. Zohn went on to teach at Brandeis University in 1951 as an advisor to German majors and also coordinated scholarship programs for the German government. He became a professor of German in 1969 and eventually became chairman of the department of Germanic and Slavic languages twice for a term of 13 years. He was an executive director of the Goethe Society of New England and was decorated by both the German and Austrian governments. Zohn was the author, editor or translator for over 40 books. His favorite topic to write about was the Austrian poet, playwright and essayist, Karl Kraus as well as the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig and the German satirist Kurt Tucholsky. He translated everything from Freud's "Delusions and Dreams," to the complete diaries of Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, to songs of his native Vienna. He was also the general editor of Peter Lang's "Austrian Culture." Zohn played the viola with the Brandeis Symphony Orchestra before retiring in 1996. Harry Zohn died on May 23, 2001 of leukemia, at the age of 77.