Jewish Studies

In Memoriam: Ada Rapoport-Albert

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization notes with sadness the death of Ada Rapoport-Albert, professor emerita of University College London, on Thursday 18 June 2020. She was an adviser to the Littman Library for over thirty years, and we are proud to have published three of her books: Hasidism Reappraised (1996), which she edited; Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi (2011); and Hasidic Studies: Essays in History and Gender (2018), a collection of her own papers.

The latter volume opened with an introduction by Moshe Rosman, professor emeritus of Bar-Ilan University, which set out Professor Rapoport-Albert’s contribution to the world of Jewish studies under the title ‘Changing the Narrative of the History of Hasidism’. We offer it here to read, as a tribute to her life’s work.


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