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Holocaust and redemption : Jewish identity in the thought of Emil L. Fackenheim.

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Holocaust and redemption : Jewish identity in the thought of Emil L. Fackenheim.

Aronoff, Gordon (2002) Holocaust and redemption : Jewish identity in the thought of Emil L. Fackenheim. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Many thinkers consider Emil L. Fackenheim's post-1967 thought marginal because it seeks to uncover religious meaning in the events of the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel. I find Fackenheim's later thought to be of compelling relevance for North American Jewry precisely because the Holocaust and the State of Israel are two major wellsprings of contemporary Jewish identity. I contend that a renewed encounter with Fackenheim can indeed be fruitful for North American Jews. This study will present facets of Fackenheim's thinking in a way that points to their relevance to questions of Jewish identity today. I will show that Fackenheim's attempts to uncover religious and philosophical meaning in the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel--however incomplete and problematic his formulations may be--are important for contemporary North American Jews seeking to come to terms with these two monumental events of the twentieth century

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Religion
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Aronoff, Gordon
Pagination:iv, 148 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Religion
Date:2002
Thesis Supervisor(s):Oppenheim, Michael
ID Code:1598
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:20
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:21
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