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You Shall Tell Your Children: Holocaust Memory in American Passover Ritual (Hardback)

Liora Gubkin

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ISBN 10: 081354193X / ISBN 13: 9780813541938
Edité par Rutgers University Press, United States, 2007
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Passover is among the most widely observed holidays for American Jews. During this festival of redemption, Jewish families retell the biblical story of Exodus using a ritual book known as a haggadah, often weaving modern tales of oppression through the biblical narrative. References to the Holocaust are some of the most common additions to contemporary haggadot. However, the parallel between ancient and modern oppression, which seems obvious to some, raises troubling questions for many others. Is it possible to find any redemptive meaning in the Nazi genocide? Are we adding value to this unforgivable moment in history? In this balanced and sensitive look at the controversial topic, Liora Gubkin explains both sides of the scholarly debates. She also recounts oral testimonies from Holocaust survivors, cites references to the holiday in popular American culture, and analyzes examples of actual haggadot. Ultimately, Gubkin concludes that it is possible and important to make a space for Holocaust commemoration, all the time recognizing that haggadot must be constantly revisited and performed to account for individual sensibilities and events in recent history. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9780813541938

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Titre : You Shall Tell Your Children: Holocaust ...

Éditeur : Rutgers University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2007

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Passover is among the most widely observed holidays for American Jews. During this festival of redemption, Jewish families retell the biblical story of Exodus using a ritual book known as a haggadah, often weaving modern tales of oppression through the biblical narrative. References to the Holocaust are some of the most common additions to contemporary haggadot. However, the parallel between ancient and modern oppression, which seems obvious to some, raises troubling questions for many others. Is it possible to find any redemptive meaning in the Nazi genocide? Are we adding value to this unforgivable moment in history?

            Liora Gubkin critiques commemorations that violate memory by erasing the value of everyday life that was lost and collapse the diversity of responses both during the Shoah and afterward. She recounts oral testimonies from Holocaust survivors, cites references to the holiday in popular American culture, and analyzes examples of actual haggadot. Ultimately, Gubkin concludes that it is possible and important to make a space for Holocaust commemoration, all the time recognizing that haggadot must be constantly revisited and “performed.”

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Liora Gubkin is assistant professor of religious studies at California State University, Bakersfield.

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