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Messianism & Moral Radicalism (After the Holocaust) (Steven Schwarzschild)

Avoiding him for years, I knew that reading Steven Schwarzschild’s Pursuit of the Ideal was going to be for me an unpleasant professional chore. He wrote an important article about “Jewish aesthetics” that appears in the volume. But that was … Continue reading

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Drunken Messianic Burlesque (Passover)

The Passover Haggadah and its seder proceeds along a narrative arc from slavery to the liberation of messianic redemption. Up until dinner, the traditional seder is conducted as a memorial to the Temple cult in Jerusalem, the restoration of which … Continue reading

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The Political Messianic Idea Is An Incoherent Mess (Joseph Klausner)

Going in, I thought that reading Joseph Klausner’s The Messianic Idea in Israel from Its Beginning to the Completion of the Mishnah would be just a professional chore, a look at an antiquarian piece of ideological historiography. Yes, an oddball … Continue reading

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(My Working Will Be the Work) Maintenance Art and the Messianic (Mierle Laderman Ukeles)

As it turns out, Jewish ritual, the idea of the holy, informs much of this artist’s work and her thought. They cut against the grain of “messianism” in ways that are at once profound and ordinary. My introduction to her … Continue reading

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Judaism is Not A Messianic Religion (Jacob Neusner)

Jacob Neusner’s Messiah in Context: Israel’s History and Destiny in Formative Judaism should sheds a lot of critical light on the question of messianism that should be of cutting interest to anyone who works in the fields of modern Jewish … Continue reading

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Not-Messianic (Jewish History)

Working on a chapter revolving on messianism (or rather non- or anti-messianism) as a topos of “philosophical Talmud,” I’m embarrassed to say that I’m coming late to Essential Papers on Messianic Movements and Personalities in Jewish History (1992). Edited by … Continue reading

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Rethinking Jewish Messianism

What is one to conclude about Jewish messianism on the basis of Rethinking the Messianic Idea in Judaism? An edited volume, the chapters are based on the proceedings from a working group run out of the Tikvah Fund over a … Continue reading

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