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The Jewish Search for a Usable Past (Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies)

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Publisher Comments:

"Roskies has illuminated a path to further self-understanding of who Jews are and the type of bridges used to reach a usable past." --Lifestyles Magazine

"[The author has] an exceptional gift for historical reconnection... The force of the shtetl, if not its romance, remains very much within him." --Irving Louis Horowitz, Congress Monthly

"... fine new volume of essays... " --David Singer, Commentary

"These studies, each a gem unto itself, together reveal how Jews cope with loss and catastrophe and illustrate that it is exactly by coping with loss and tragedy that Jews create a usable past and in, in the process, define their present and shape their future." --Choice

After redrawing the map of modern Jewish memory, David G. Roskies takes the reader on a grand tour of major memory sites, each of which is built upon foundations of rebellion, rupture, and loss. Among them: chronicles of catastrophe from the Warsaw ghetto; a gallery of rabbis and zaddikim who are really rebels in disguise; a failed revolution recast into an Honor Row of magnificent tombstones; and a Holy Land where the search for a sacred space is led by those least likely ever to find it. The creativity with which Jews have coped with loss and catastrophe in modern times is richly revealed in this lively account.

Synopsis:

After redrawing the map of modern Jewish memory, David G. Roskies takes the reader on a grand tour of major memory sites, each of which is built upon foundations of rebellion, rupture, and loss: chronicles of catastrophe from the Warsaw ghetto that preserve a broken covenant; the symbolic landscape of an Old World shtetl; a gallery of rabbis and zaddikim who are really rebels in disguise; a repertoire of parodic songs; a failed revolution recast into an Honor Row of magnificent tombstones; and a Holy Land where the search for sacred space is led by those least likely ever to find it. The creativity with which Jews have coped with loss and catastrophe in modern times is richly revealed in this spirited account.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [177]-205) and index.

About the Author

David G. Roskies is Professor of Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His books include Against the Apocalypse: Responses to Catastrophe in Modern Jewish Culture and A Bridge of Longing: The Lost Art of Yiddish Storytelling. He is founder and editor of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. The Jewish Search for a Usable Past

2. The Library of Jewish Catastrophe

3. Ringelblum's Time Capsules

4. The Shtetl in Jewish Collective Memory

5. Rabbis, Rebels, and the Lost Art of the Law

6. The Golden Peacock: The Art of Song

7. A Culture Set in Stone: The Art of Burial

8. A City, a School, and a Utopian Experiment

9. Zionism, Israel, and the Search of a Covenantal Space

Conclusion

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253335050
Author:
Roskies, David G.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN :
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Memory
Subject:
Persecutions
Subject:
Memory -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Jews -- Civilization.
Subject:
Jews -- Persecutions.
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Criticism; Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century; Europe; History; Jewish Studies; Jewish Studies Literature and Literary Studies; Literature; Literature and Literary Studies; Russia; Twentieth Century or Later
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 bandw photos, 9 figures, 1 index
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.43 x 0.93 in

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"Synopsis" by , After redrawing the map of modern Jewish memory, David G. Roskies takes the reader on a grand tour of major memory sites, each of which is built upon foundations of rebellion, rupture, and loss: chronicles of catastrophe from the Warsaw ghetto that preserve a broken covenant; the symbolic landscape of an Old World shtetl; a gallery of rabbis and zaddikim who are really rebels in disguise; a repertoire of parodic songs; a failed revolution recast into an Honor Row of magnificent tombstones; and a Holy Land where the search for sacred space is led by those least likely ever to find it. The creativity with which Jews have coped with loss and catastrophe in modern times is richly revealed in this spirited account.
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