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Jewish Messianism and Revolutionary Utopias in Central Europe

Erich Fromm’s Early Writings (1922–1930)

Michael Löwy

Judaism, a complex network of links, of ‘elective affinities’ – to use a concept (wahlverwandtschaft) borrowed from Goethe by Max Weber, in his sociology of religion – will be established between Romanticism, Jewish messianism, anti-bourgeois cultural

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Meike J. de Goede

world ( Kouvouama 1982 , 2012 ). As such, messianism and the aspirations it voices are revealing about hardship as experienced locally ( Augé 1974: 90 ). The apocalyptic imagery employed foresees the ultimate end of the present and the coming of a new

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Dissenting from Redemption

Judaism and Political Theology

Alana M. Vincent

that both individuals and societies structure their lives. 3 For example, while messianism itself is too highly developed as an explicitly philosophical concept to be described as a pre-philosophical intuition, an examination of statements about

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Uzi Meshulam and the ‘Mishkan Ohalim’ Affair

The Influence of Radical Ultra-Orthodoxy

Motti Inbari

Aviezer Ravitzky (1996: 40–78) argued that these radical circles developed an anti-messianic theory and warned against the false messianism associated with the Zionists’ acts. He stressed that radical ultra-Orthodoxy advocates passivity. I do not entirely

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Redemption Contests

Imperial Salvation and the Presence of the Dead

Kyle B. T. Lambelet

dead contests and disrupts the political theological fantasy of colonial progress and economic coordination. Salvation comes not from outside, but from within. The site of sovereign imperial desecration is the very location where emancipatory messianism

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Haike Beruriah Wiegand

Isaac Bashevis Singer's novel Di familye Mushkat (The Family Moskat) depicts the lives of three generations of a Polish-Jewish family and their associates from the early 1900s until 1939. Messianism and the unfulfilled hope for redemption constitute an important theme. Bashevis presents both the traditional Jewish belief in the coming of the Messiah and modern secular models of redemption. He leaves his readers with two possible solutions, reflected in the different endings of the Yiddish and the English editions. The English ends with a modern Jewish intellectual's resigned response to the impending catastrophe, seeing messianic redemption only in death. The Yiddish edition, whose final chapter the English omits, exposes all the new secular messiahs as failures and shows the validity of traditional Judaism despite the evil awaiting the Jews in Poland. In this novel, the dominant leitmotif is death. The descriptions of some of the protagonists' dying hours are replete with Kabbalistic images of the higher spheres and of 'sparks of holiness' scattered through the universe. In the face of death, in the last chapter of the Yiddish edition, the main protagonist of the novel discovers the power of the words of the Torah, from whose letters, according to Sefer Yetzirah, the world was created.

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Seth Farber

Marc Ellis is one of the few Jewish American intellectuals who supports the Palestinian struggle against Israeli domination and oppression. His writings have been highly praised by progressive intellectuals like Noam Chomsky and by the late Edward Said, although his work is ignored or decried by organized Jewish community leaders and most academics in the U.S. Ellis's oeuvre is clearly in the Jewish theologian tradition; however he is a singular and innovative thinker who is known for crossing interdisciplinary (among other) boundaries.

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Hillel Cohen

Redemption: Messianism and the Resettlement of the Land of Israel . Oxford : Oxford University Press . 10.1093/0195305787.001.0001 Paz , Yair . 2000 . “The Hebrew University on Mt. Scopus as a Secular Temple.” [In Hebrew.] In The History of the Hebrew

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Kobi Michael, Rob Geist Pinfold, Nadav Shelef, Hayim Katsman, Paul L. Scham, Russell Stone, Haim Saadoun, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Tamar Hermann, Hanna Herzog, Sam Lehman-Wilzig, and Ruvi Ziegler

Stuart A. Cohen and Aharon Klieman, eds., Routledge Handbook on Israeli Security (New York: Routledge, 2018), 350 pp. Hardback, $220.00.

Wendy Pearlman and Boaz Atzili, Triadic Coercion: Israel’s Targeting of States That Host Nonstate Actors (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018), 367 pp. Hardback, $65.00.

Dmitry Shumsky, Beyond the Nation-State: The Zionist Political Imagination from Pinsker to Ben-Gurion (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018), 320 pp. Hardback, $40.00.

Moshe Hellinger, Isaac Hershkowitz, and Bernard Susser, Religious Zionism and the Settlement Project: Ideology, Politics, and Civil Disobedience (New York: SUNY Press, 2018), 348 pp. Hardback, $95.00.

Avi Sagi and Dov Schwartz, Religious Zionism and the Six-Day War: From Realism to Messianism (New York: Routledge, 2018), 134 pp. Hardback, $140.00.

Yoav Peled and Horit Herman Peled, The Religionization of Israeli Society (New York: Routledge, 2018), 250 pp. Hardback, $150.00.

Joel Peters and Rob Geist Pinfold, eds., Understanding Israel: Political, Societal and Security Challenges (New York: Routledge, 2018), 292 pp. Hardback, $145.00. Paperback, $51.95. Kindle, $25.98.

Orit Bashkin, Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2017), 320 pp. Hardback, $85.00.

Shapiro Prize Winner: Diego Rotman, The Stage as a Temporary Home: On Dzigan and Shumacher’s Theater (1927–1980) [in Hebrew] (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2017), 354 pp. Paperback, $33.00.

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.2307/j.ctt1cg4j5b Stone , Dan : The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and Its Aftermath ( Yale University Press , 2015 ) Svenungsson , Jayne : Divining History: Prophetism, Messianism and the Development of the Spirit ( Berghahn