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At home in exile : why diaspora is good for the Jews

Author: Alan Wolfe
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Holocaust followed by Israel's creation constituted a kind of civil religion for Jews, reminding them of their eternal vulnerability while offering salvation in the form of statehood. Memories inevitably change, however, and as the impact of these two titanic events fade, an increasingly number of Judiasm's next generation is starting to reject the particularism associated with both events in favor of a rebirth  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Wolfe
ISBN: 9780807033135 0807033138 9780807033142 0807033146 9780807086186 0807086185
OCLC Number: 869904745
Language Note: English.
Description: 272 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Diaspora's Destiny --
Chapter 1 We'll Rot till We Stink --
Chapter 2 Defenders of Diaspora --
Chapter 3 The Secularization of Particularism --
Chapter 4 A Tale of Two Rabbis --
Chapter 5 The Lost Jews, the Last Jews --
Chapter 6 Anti-Anti-Semitism --
Chapter 7 The End of Exilic History? --
Personal Afterword --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Alan Wolfe.

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"The Holocaust followed by Israel's creation constituted a kind of civil religion for Jews, reminding them of their eternal vulnerability while offering salvation in the form of statehood. Memories inevitably change, however, and as the impact of these two titanic events fade, an increasingly number of Judiasm's next generation is starting to reject the particularism associated with both events in favor of a rebirth of the universalism that once characterized life in the diaspora. In this book I argue that this is a positive moment, both for Jews and the non-Jews with whom they live"--

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