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As a place of origins and a destination of longings, the Orient is a vanishing point of Jewish history in Europe. From the Middle Ages onward, the alignment of prayer and liturgy to Zion was ritualized as an orientation toward the East. In the modern era, Jewish references to the Orient gained fundamentally new connotations reaching beyond their liturgical context, especially as a result of the historiciza…

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Wittler, Kathrin, “Orient”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 28 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0602>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312

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