Wrestling with the Angel: Toward a Jewish Understanding of the Nazi Assault on the Name

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Paragon House, Apr 25, 2006 - Religion - 251 pages
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This book shows that, proceeding from philosophical precedents, the Nazis undertook an assault on God, who in the Jewish tradition is known as the Name and that this assault has implications for Jewish thinking about Jewish identity in the post-Holocaust era. It shows that in the assault on the Name, there is an assault on the name—that is, on the very identity—of the Jew. The book examines the tradition of philosophical anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust, how that Jew hatred manifested itself during the Holocaust as an assault on God and Isr'l, and what the Jewish people can do about it in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

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Contents

The Jewification Problem
12
Responding To Heidegger after the Holocaust
25
CHAPTER TWO
43
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

David Patterson holds the Bornblum Chair in Judaic Studies at The University of Memphis. A winner the Koret Jewish Book Award, he has published more than two dozen books, including Open Wounds, Hebrew Language and Jewish Thought, Along the Edge of Annihilation, Sun Turned to Darkness, When Learned Men Murder , Pilgrimage of a Proselyte , The Shriek of Silence (1992), In Dialogue and Dilemma with Elie Wiesel , and others. He is the editor and translator of the English edition of The Complete Black Book of Russian Jewry and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature.

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