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Edmée Kingsmill

Maurice Friedman, Buber's biographer, writes of the controversy between Buber and Scholem that it 'touches on the soil of tragedy'. I will attempt to suggest some reasons why this was so. And then I will look at three pieces on Buber by Scholem, first, 'Martin Buber's Conception of Judaism', second, Scholem's tribute given 'At the Completion of Buber's Translation of the Bible', and third, 'Martin Buber's Interpretation of Hasidism'. I shall begin by giving some account of the early years of each which provides the background for the conflict between these two great but incompatible men.

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Walter Benjamin

The Consolation of History in a Paris Exile

Patrick H. Hutton

Walter Benjamin, a Jewish German literary critic of modest reputation during the interwar years, has become an intellectual celebrity in our times. In flight from Nazi Germany, he took refuge in Paris during the 1930s before dying in 1940 in a vain effort to escape to America. In this essay, I analyze his ideas as conceived in his Paris exile, with particular attention to his turn to the topics of memory and of history and of the relationship between them. I close with some thoughts on how his ideas about memory's redeeming power played into the humanist Marxism of the intellectuals of the 1960s and subsequently the preoccupation with memory in late twentieth-century scholarship.

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'No Room for Truth'

On the Precariousness of Life and Narrative in The Last of the Just

Josh Cohen

This article explores André Schwarz-Bart's famous novel, The Last of the Just, as the expression of twin crises in literary and religious representation. Ernie Levy's words, 'there is no room for truth here', spoken on the transport to Auschwitz as he cradles and comforts a dying child with stories of an idyllic afterlife, become the point of departure for a reading of the novel in terms of the loss of just this 'room for truth'. The article considers the novel's reimagining of the legend of the Lamed Vav in the light of Gershom Scholem's criticism that Schwarz-Bart compromises the legend's 'moral anarchy' before casting the novel in the light of Freud's remarks on traumatic dreams in Beyond the Pleasure Principle, as well as Emmanuel Levinas' ideas on 'useless suffering'. The last part of the article reads the novel's anguished theological motifs alongside Paul Celan's poem 'Psalm'.

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‘Go out and learn’

Shakespeare, Bildung and the Jewish Youth Movement in Germany between Integration and Jewish Self-Identification

Rosa Reicher

strove to found a proud, new Jewish society through weekend hiking trips, organized discussion and reading groups, theatre performances and social action. 21 Gershom Scholem, 22 the philosopher and historian, who is widely regarded as the founder of

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Ada Rapoport-Albert

(26 October 1945–18 June 2020)

Joanna Weinberg

Gershom Scholem's most outstanding pupils. It was to Ada that Weiss turned when he wished to produce a long-awaited book on the history of Hasidism. As she wrote in the ‘Afterword’ to her volume of Hebrew papers entitled Studies in Hasidism, Sabbatianism

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Babette Babich

of details. Thus, key names are left out that ought to have been included. These are the names of the sources for much of the film’s dialogue—to wit the correspondence shared between Arendt and Gershom Scholem as well as Arendt and Karl Jaspers. 4 I

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Jewish Messianism and Revolutionary Utopias in Central Europe

Erich Fromm’s Early Writings (1922–1930)

Michael Löwy

/messianic galaxy of the Central European radical Jewish culture. The first is composed of religious Jews with radical/utopian leanings: Rudolf Kayser, Martin Buber, Gershom Scholem, Hans Kohn, the young Leo Löwenthal. The rejection of assimilation and the assertion

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The End Point of Zionism

Ethnocentrism and the Temple Mount

Tomer Persico

Gershom Scholem opined in 1959 that one overriding question accompanies the Zionist project: “Whether or not Jewish history will be able to endure the entry into the concrete realm without perishing in the crisis of the messianic claim which has

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Out of the Whirlwind Reconsidered

Context and Appreciation

Michael Berkowitz

Whirlwind . But for all of the erudition and insight packed into the twenty selections of Goldin, which included Gershom Scholem, Solomon Schechter and a cast of heavyweights, I knew that that was not the kind of history I found most compelling. I wanted

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Jeremy Schonfield, Alinda Damsma, and Marc Saperstein

, in this case a central Jewish symbol. Endnotes include the sources of his research, and outstanding bibliographical essays the wider background reading. He strikes a nuanced note in this lavish book that the Menorah fully deserves. Gershom Scholem