By Mark Kurlansky
A robust, DEEPLY relocating NARRATIVE OF wish REBORN
IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR
Fifty years after it was once bombed to rubble, Berlin is once more a urban during which Jews assemble for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have lately emerged as very important new facilities of Jewish tradition. Small yet proud Jewish groups are revitalizing the traditional facilities of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. those courageous, made up our minds Jewish women and men have selected to settle–or remain–in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, yet they've got paid a value. one of the unforeseen risks, they've got needed to deal with an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the influence of the Jewish kingdom on eu life.
Delving into the intimate tales of eu Jews from all walks of lifestyles, Kurlansky weaves jointly a shiny tapestry of people maintaining their traditions, and flourishing, within the shadow of historical past. An inspiring tale of a tenacious those who have rebuilt their lives within the face of incomprehensible horror, A selected Few is a testomony to cultural survival and a party of the deep bonds that undergo among Jews and ecu civilization.
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Extra resources for A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry
As I discuss later, Hasidic Jews have negative beliefs about freedom when it includes what they perceive to be a lack of religious discipline. 31 He notes that in voluntarily separate communities, or “enclave communities,” there must be continual reinforcement and heightening of difference. A central arena where haredim claim Jewish difference is in increasingly stringent interpretations of sacred texts that they cast as the true essence of a shared Jewish past, although the texts actually reflect contemporary concerns with accuracy and authenticity for a community whose transmitters of memory were obliterated or uprooted by the Nazis (Soleveitchik 1994:70-71).
Women and girls’ ways of speaking (regardless of which language), clothing, reading, and comportment are shaped by a belief that public embodied signs produce and provide evidence of Jewish women’s interior souls. ” As girls mature and prepare for marriage, they are taught how to talk about new forms of intimacy in modest ways. Hasidic women and girls do not deny the value of secular materiality, knowledge or goals for individual fulfillment. Rather, they claim that they enjoy the “true” pleasures of consumption, beauty, sexuality, and romantic love because they have the strength to elevate them through the religious disciplines of Hasidic modesty.
I brought Gitty all my questions that had come up that week during research and practiced Yiddish, and she asked me many questions about more modern Jews and my own experiences growing up. We met in her house when her husband was in kolel (the post-yeshiva institution of higher Jewish learning for married men). Gitty, a bright, matter-of-fact, and curious person, was just enough of a newcomer to married life to be an especially thoughtful commentator. Introduction • 21 In addition to my work with women and children, I also attended wider communal events.
A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry by Mark Kurlansky