Children of Job: American Second-Generation Witnesses to the by Alan L. Berger

By Alan L. Berger

Targeting the novels and flicks of daughters and sons of Holocaust survivors, this ebook sheds gentle at the courting among the Holocaust and modern Jewish id. it's the first systematic research of a physique of labor that introduces a brand new new release of Jewish writers and filmmakers, in addition to revealing how the survivor's legacy is shaping - and being formed through - the second one new release. rigorously learning the paintings of those modern teenagers of task, Berger demonstrates how the offspring, just like the survivors themselves, signify a number of orientation to Judaism, have major theological adjustments, and percentage the legacy of the Shoah. Berger truly indicates that participants of the second one iteration take part absolutely in either the yank and Jewish dimensions in their identification and articulates unique second-generation theological and psychosocial subject matters.

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In Friedmann's work, American popular culture of the late sixties, the continuing trauma of the Holocaust, and the loosening of Orthodoxy's hold in the American context are aH strands in the web of the protagonist's identity. Consequently, Friedmann's novel, which one critic terms "an onhodox Portnoy's Complaint," 5 puts the Shoah in an American setting. Antiwar protests, the drug culture, walks on the moon, the 1967 war between Israel and the Arabs, and the trial of the Chicago Eight merge with the Holocaust's continuing impact, thereby interweaving the European past and contemporary America.

And so I take on the words of God directly. Call him my remote Grandfather. (53) Bur as Jason realizes, remoteness-whether in an emotionally unavailable Father, absent grandparents, or a flawed God-provides neither emotional support nor theological meaning. Jason's parents communicate only selectively with their son, thereby increasing his difficulty in confronting the Holocaust and achieving a tikkun atzmi (repair of the self). For example, the son and his father can only communicate through a system of ritual char emphasizes formulaic expression at the expense of persona I feeling.

IRVING GREENBERG AND THE VOLUNTARY COVENANT Rabbi Irving Greenberg's notion of voluntary covenant, while addressing the post-Auschwitz status of the covenant, sheds much light on the specificity of both American Jews and the second-generation witness. Specifically, the voluntary covenam is an important hermeneutic for reading the theological maps embedded in second-generation texts. 17 For example, Greenberg's notion of covenant transformation following decisive historical crises and his understanding of the masking of holiness by apparently secular activities are twin keys for deciphering second-generation theology.

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