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In the Holy Land

Nathaniel Deutsch

in The Maiden of Ludmir

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520231917
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231917.003.0012
In the Holy Land

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This chapter investigates the theological doctrine and how it may have influenced the Maiden of Ludmir's decision to remain celibate. The Maiden's subsequent experiences in the Holy Land constitute the final phase of her long and rich life. Instead of portraying her as playing a passive role in the process of emigration, most biographers depict the Maiden as actively seeking to restore her former status by settling in the Holy Land. It is also shown that her wealth appears to have enabled her to function as a religious leader in Jerusalem, just as it had earlier in Ludmir. The Maiden's life in Palestine as an unmitigated success is considered. The Maiden remained committed to the extraordinary piety she had embraced as a young child, and appears to have never wavered in her religious devotion.

Keywords: Maiden of Ludmir; Holy Land; emigration; Jerusalem; Palestine; religious devotion

Chapter.  9493 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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