Dr. Enrico Lucca

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Research Unit Coordinator;
Forum Coordinator;
Peer Reviewing of the Yearbook

Phone: +49 341 21735-62

Working at the Dubnow Institute as a Research Associate since January 2018. He is Coordinator of the Research Unit »Knowledge«, of the »Forum« and responsible for the Peer Reviewing of the »Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts/Dubnow Institute Yearbook«.

Studied Philosophy and History at the University of Milan and completed his MA degree in Philosophy in 2007. Doctoral Candidate between 2009 and 2012 at the University of Milan; subject of PhD thesis: »A Dialectic Vision of Jewish History. Gershom Scholem and the Legacy of Messianism.« Post-graduate Specialization in Cultural Studies at the Scuola Alti Studi in Modena (2009). Between 2009 and 2010 visiting student at the University of Chicago Divinity School and in 2011 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Between 2012 and 2017 Research Associate at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History at the Hebrew University. In 2015, Junior Research and Teaching Fellow at the Free University in Berlin within the »Principles of Cultural Dynamics « Network. Between June and August 2017 Junior Research Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Between 2015 and 2017 Editorial Manager of Naharaim. Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History. Between 2016 and 2017 Postdoctoral Fellow within the project »German-Jewish Knowledge and Cultural Transfer 1918–1948: The Historical Archive of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem« (funded by Gerda Henkel Foundation).

Research Interests

• Twentieth century European-Jewish history and thought

• Transfer of knowledge between Europe and Palestine/Israel

• Intellectual history and history of institutions (twentieth century)

Essays and Articles

Always Far from the Center. Ḥayyim Lenski and Hebrew Poetry in Russia between the Wars, in: Efrat Gal-Ed/Natasha Gordinsky/Sabine Koller/Yfaat Weiss (eds.), In Their Surroundings. Localizing Modern Jewish Literatures in Eastern Europe, Göttingen 2022/2023, 149–156.

Recent Literature on Gershom Scholem. A Review Essay, in: Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts/Dubnow Institute Yearbook 18 (2019) [2022], 509–534.

Postface, in: André Neher, Critique Biblique et Tradition Juive. Suivi des trois autres textes inedits, Éditions de l’éclat, Paris 2022, 117–150.

Felix Weltsch, Im Autobus. Soziologische Beobachtungen im heutigen Israel. Einführung von Enrico Lucca, in: Jüdische Geschichte & Kultur. Magazin des Dubnow-Instituts 5 (2021), 41–43.

Gershom Scholem y el lugar de la cábala en la cultura y el pensamiento del siglo XX. In Arcana del Pensamiento del siglo XX [Gershom Scholem and the Role of Kabbalah in 20th Century Culture and Thought], in: J. L. Villacañas, R. Navarrete, C. Basili (eds.), Herder, Barcelona 2021, 143–166.

Translating, interpreting the Bible, fighting Satan. Rosenzweig, Scholem, and the end of their correspondence, in: Antonios Kalatzis/Enrico Lucca: "Into Life." Franz Rosenzweig on Knowledge, Aesthetics, and Politics, Leiden/Boston 2021, 9–38.

A Safe Home for German Jewry: Hugo Bergman, Ozrot ha-Golah, and His Return to Europe, in: Elisabeth Gallas/Anna Holzer-Kawalko/Caroline Jessen/Yfaat Weiss (eds.), Contested Heritage. Jewish Cultural Property after 1945, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2020, 103–116.

Another Western European Jewish gaze. Hugo Bergmann, Bar Kochba, and his stance toward Hebrew (and Yiddish) language and literature, in: Yearbook for European Jewish Literature Studies/Jahrbuch für europäisch-jüdische Literaturstudien, 6 (2019), 33–60.

Biography and Institutional History: Hugo Bergman’s First Journey as Rector of the Hebrew University (1937), in: Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts/Dubnow Institute Yearbook 16 (2017) [2019], 465–489.

A Goy who Studies Torah. Two Unpublished Sources by Ernst Simon and Gershom Scholem on Franz Rosenzweig, in: Naharaim. Zeitschrift für deutsch-jüdische Literatur und Kulturgeschichte, 12 (2018), no. 1–2, 197–224 [together with Ynon Wygoda].

Martin Buber e Hugo Bergmann in dialogo su religione e filosofia, in: La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 83 (Mai-August 2017), no. 2–3, 173–190 [Martin Buber and Hugo Bergmann in conversation about religion and philosophy].

Filosofia dell’incertezza. Su un appunto del giovane Kafka, in: Materiali di Estetica. Terza serie, 4 (2017), no. 2, 118–130 [Philosophy of Uncertainty. On a note by the young Kafka].

Réception [Reception], in: Salomon Malka (ed.), Dictionnaire Rosenzweig. Une étoile dans le siècle [Rosenzweig Dictionary. A Star in the Century], Paris 2016, 305–313 (together with Ynon Wygoda).

Sotto il segno della Gnosi. Un'approssimazione ad alcune poesie scholemiane [Under the Sign of Gnosis. An Approximation to Scholem's Poetry], in: Tamara Tagliacozzo (ed.), Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem e il linguaggio [Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, and Language], Milan 2016, 167–184.

Hugo Bergmann e la via verso un nuovo umanesimo ebraico [Hugo Bergmann and the Way towards a new Jewish Humanism], in: Filosofia e Teologia [Philosophy and Theology] 30 (2016), 335–345.

Vom Gott der Aufklärung zum Gott der Religion. Franz Rosenzweigs Kampf gegen die Geschichte als Theodizee und sein Brief an Rudolf Ehrenberg vom September 1910, in: Naharaim. Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History 10 (2016), no. 2, 303–319 (together with Roberto Navarrete Alonso).

Gerusalemme 1936. Leggere Franz Rosenzweig in Palestina [Jerusalem 1936. Reading Franz Rosenzweig in Palestine], in: Intersezioni. Rivista di storia delle idee [Intersections. Journal of the History of Ideas] 36 (2016), no. 2, 245–256.

Crisis y apocalipsis. Notas para un análisis de la reflexión scholemiana sobre el mesianismo [Crisis and Apocalypse. Notes towards an Analysis of Scholem's Reflections on Messianism], in: Res Publica. Revista de Historia de las Ideas Políticas [Res Publica. Journals of History of Political Ideas] 18 (2015), no. 2, 339–351.

Il riposo della terra. Anno sabbatico in terra d'Israele [The Resting of the Land. Sabbatical Year in Israel], in: Equilibri. Rivista per lo sviluppo sostenibile [Equilibri. Journal of Sustainable Development] 19 (2015), no. 1, 168–173.

Spinoza, in: Mariacristina Bartolomei (ed.), Filosofia della Religione. Lineamenti introduttivi [Philosophy of Religion. An Introduction], Milan 2015, 101–105.

Decadenza del linguaggio e crisi del sionismo nel giovane Scholem [Decadence of Language and Crisis of Zionism in the Early Scholem], in: Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio [Italian Journal of Philosophy of Language] 8 (2014), no. 2, 171–181.

Sull'orlo dell'abisso. Scholem e Rosenzweig sulla lingua ebraica [On the Verge of the Abyss. Scholem and Rosenzweig on the Hebrew Language], in: Rivista di Storia della Filosofia [Journal for the History of Philosophy] 68 (2013), no. 2, 305–320.

Dossier Jesi. Lettere e Materiali (Furio Jesi, Gershom Scholem) [Dossier Jesi. Letters and Other Material (Furio Jesi, Gershom Scholem)], in: Scienza & Politica [Science & Politics] 48 (2013), 103–109.

Il Dio delle Tenebre. Un breve carteggio tra Furio Jesi e Gershom Scholem [The God of Darkness. A Short Correspondence between Furio Jesi and Gershom Scholem], in: Storiografia. Rivista annuale di Storia [Historiography. Yearbook of History] 17 (2013), 163–168. Also in: Scienza & Politica [Science & Politics] 48 (2013), 111–116.

Gershom Scholem on Franz Rosenzweig and the Kabbalah. Introduction to the Text, in: Naharaim. Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History 6 (2012), no. 1, 7–19.

Edition of Gershom Scholem, »On Franz Rosenzweig and his Familiarity with Kabbala Literature«, in: Naharaim. Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History 6 (2012), no. 1, 1–6.

La dialettica paradossale tra rivelazione e commento e la crisi della tradizione nell'opera di Gershom Scholem [The Paradoxical Dialectics between Revelation and Commentary and the Crisis of Tradition in Gershom Scholem's Work], in: Mariacristina Bartolomei (ed.), La Filosofia e il Grande Codice. Libertà di Pensiero – Fissità della Scrittura [Philosophy and the Great Code. Freedom of Thought – Fixity of Writing], Turin 2012, 105–123.

Between History and Philosophy of History. Comments on an Unpublished Document by Gershom Scholem, in: Naharaim. Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History 5 (2011), no. 1–2, 8–16.

Edition of Gershom Scholem, »On History and Philosophy of History«, in: Naharaim. Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History 5 (2011), no. 1–2, 1–7.

Stéphane Mosès lettore del testo biblico [Stéphane Mosès. Reader of the Bible], in: Filosofia e Teologia [Philosopy and Theology] 24 (2010), no. 3, 587–594.

Tra interrogazione e silenzio. La tematizzazione dell'origine nell'ermeneutica di Edmond Jabès [Between Question and Silence. The Thematization of the Origins in Edmond Jabès' Hermeneutics], in: Filosofia e Teologia [Philosopy and Theology] 22 (2008), no. 3, 576–586. 


Carl Schmitt and Franz Rosenzweig: Political Theology vs. Messianic Meta-politics, Review of: Roberto Navarrete Alonso,Los tiempos del poder. Franz Rosenzweig y Carl Schmitt, Escolar y Mayo, Madrid 2017, in: Carl-Schmitt-Studien, ii, 2 (2018), 113–116.

Jay H. Geller: Die Scholems. Geschichte einer deutsch-jüdischen Familie, in: Fritz Bauer Institut (ed.), Einsicht 22. Bulletin des Fritz Bauer Instituts, Frankfurt a. M. 2021, 110.

Paul Mendes-Flohr: Martin Buber. A Life of Faith and Dissent, New Haven, CT/London 2019, in: Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History. Journal of the Fondazione CDEC 18 (December 2020).


Moshe Idel, Il figlio nel misticismo ebraico, vol. 2: Zohar, qabbalah Cristiana e hassidismo [Sonship in Jewish Mysticism, vol. 2: Zohar, Christian Kabbalah, and Hasidism], Verona: Edizioni Centro Studi Campostrini 2014 (from English).

Moshe Idel, Il figlio nel misticismo ebraico, vol 1: Tarda antichità, medioevo askhenazita e qabbalah estatica [Sonship in Jewish Mysticism, vol. 1: Late Antiquity, Ashkenazi Middle Ages, and Ecstatic Kabbalah], Verona: Edizioni Centro Studi Campostrini 2013 (from English).

Fernando Savater, »Violenti e Vincenti« [»Violent and Victorious«], in: L'Espresso, 16 September 2010, 100 f. (from Spanish).