What is Jewish about memory and how does it relate to questions of justice and redemption?
Within European modernities we learn to think of ourselves as rational selves and
within a liberal moral culture to put the past behind us, so making it difficult to engage
with the traumatic histories of the Shoah and the moral challenges it offers to European
moral traditions. Does Judaism provide a critique of secular moral traditions and open
possibilities for an embodied ethical tradition that values memory and so engagements
with the past, while reminding us that ‘not to know sufferings means not to be human’?
(Genesis Rabbah 92:1).