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Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past

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Modern Jews tend to relate to the past through "history," which relies on empirical demonstration and rational thought, rather than through "memory," which relies on the non-rational architectures of mythology. By now "history" has surpassed "memory" as a means of relating to the past--a development that falls short in building identity and creates disconnection between Je ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Brandeis University Press (first published March 27th 2012)
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Jul 15, 2012 Stas marked it as to-read

"how overwhelmingly prevalent the obligations are mentioned in the Torah to care for the widow and the orphan, in contrast to – let’s say – eating pure or kosher animals. But which of them do we use to determine serious Jewishness? Which do we choose as criteria of belonging or as characteristics of distinctiveness? My point is that Israel can and should be a Jewish state, but the hallmarks of the Jewish state should be Jewish values that express the best
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Jan 10, 2013 Charles Cohen rated it really liked it
A suprisingly readable breakdown of history vs. memory, and why memory is so critical to transmitting Jewish identity. Although Yehuda doesn't make the comparison himself, you can lay out the history/memory distinction as a Holocaust/establishment of Israel distinction. We analyze the data and survivor testimony of the Holocaust, and obviously it has tremendous meaning for Jews whether they have a personal connection or not, but as a people we hold the event at a remove. Contrast that to the est ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
An incredible presentation about how we might read/re-read Jewish heritage an history in our day. Yehuda Kurtzer has, in my opinion, presented a challenging and inspiring interpretation, which I hope will get a broad audience!

And now that I have finished reading Shuva - I urge you to read it. It is an inspiring and challenging call for us to think and re-think our relationship to our Jewish past, present and future. it moves beyond theory to challenge us to live our Jewish values and heritage in
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