By David Roskies
This article records an almost unknown bankruptcy within the heritage of the refusal of Jews through the a long time to give up. the writer employs wide-ranging scholarship to the Holocaust and the thoughts linked to it, in confirmation of either continuities and violent endings.
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What makes individual sufferers people of faith is their willingness to accept the covenantal framework of guilt, punishment, and restitution; or, to put it differently, it is in the self-imposed limitations of their parody. Theirs is an anger deflected through the hallowed texts, a highly mediated and ritualized form of anger. By making the text seem for a while crazy and corrupt, the individual sufferer expands its meaning, allowing subsequent sufferers to enter the breach. And once the shepherd's psalm is put through the fire of catastrophe, the lyric ode can be used as a song of defiant affirmation.
This practice goes back at least to the time of Ezra (ca. E. 19 The importance of the ritualized reading of Scripture can hardly be overstated. " 20 In the Babylonian system, the cycle was completed each year. Thus, in the course of a person's lifetime the various segments of Scripture became associated with the changing seasons: Joseph with mud and sleet, Balak with the heat of the summer. Second, the reading of the scroll provided the weekly ritual with narrative continuity. Recognizing this, the rabbis in the geonic period (ca.
There is no Torah study, just the reading aloud of appropriate texts of despair. At morning services the men pray unadorned by ritual trappingswithout tallith (prayer shawl) or tefillin (phylacteries). The defamiliarized setting serves as a prelude to the liturgy itself. All of Lamentations is chanted to an appropriate haunting melody, followed by the recitation of kinot. ), because the standard liturgy and Scriptural texts were deemed inadequate for expressing one's personal anguish over the collective disaster.
Against the Apocalypse: Responses to Catastrophe in Modern Jewish Culture (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art) by David Roskies