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

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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. ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Paragon House (first published April 20th 2006)
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Anne Hamilton
Aug 12, 2014 Anne Hamilton rated it it was amazing
Profound. Stunning.

There's an old Jewish legend about death: when the time comes, the Angel of Death appears to each individual - ready to be a heavenly escort into the Holy Presence. However, before that can happen, each person must pass a test. It's the same for everyone and consists of only one question: 'What is your name?'

The relationship of name to the Name, to meaning, to word and the Word, to being and Being, to memory and place pervades this harrowing (and simultaneously uplifting) boo
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Nov 02, 2010 Maren rated it really liked it
I only read one chapter from this book for my job (Modern and Postmodern Dimensions of the Holocaust), but it presented some insight that answered questions I'd thought about for years regarding Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. I wanted to put the book on my Goodreads so I didn't forget or lose the title --for future reference.
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