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What is Judaism

Fackenheim, Emil

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ISBN 10: 0671462431 / ISBN 13: 9780671462437
Published by Summit Books, 1987
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Title: What is Judaism

Publisher: Summit Books

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Emil Fackenheim is one of the country's most distinguished philosophers. In this highly readable volume, he presents both an introduction to Judaism and an analysis of its essence in light of the Holocaust and the creation of the state of Israel.

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In the wake of the Holocaust, the eminent philosopher (The Jewish Return into History: Reflections in the Age of Auschwitz & a New Jerusalem, etc.), a Holocaust survivor, seeks to "chart a path for a future Judaism." The disappointing result is a curious, neither seminal nor comprehensive, overview of Judaism past and present. Peppered with midrashic stories, the work wrestles with uncomfortable traditional concepts like that of the chosen people, and contrives links between historical episodes and the Holocaust (Nazism, for example, is described as a modern idolatry; during the three weeks preceding the Six-Day War, Jews, he claims, were threatened by a second Holocaust). Readers may find Fackenheim severe and condescending: he considers any human being to be less than human and any Jew less than Jewish who, aware of the Holocaust, has not imagined himself or herself in a cattlecar at least once; he gears the book toward "amcha," the "ordinary Jewish folk who may not be learned or saintly but are far from frivolous, unintelligent, unwilling to learn and . . . thoughtless"). Jewish Book Club alternate.
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