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New German Critique (2014) 41 (1 (121)): 33–54.
Published: 01 February 2014
...Amir Engel This article offers a critical reading of Gershom Scholem's memoir, From Berlin to Jerusalem , by contrasting it with the memoir of another German Jewish intellectual, Salomon Maimon. Ostensibly, these two memoirs tell opposite stories. Maimon (1753–1800) grew up in an orthodox...
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New German Critique (2017) 44 (3 (132)): 61–82.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Yaacob Dweck This article traces the connections between Gershom Scholem and the United States. It opens with a narrative history of Scholem's visits to the United States before and after World War II and then discusses the reception of his postwar writings in the United States. Finally, it turns...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (1 (133)): 181–205.
Published: 01 February 2018
...Willem Styfhals The story of the renowned scholar of Jewish mysticism Gershom Scholem and his disloyal student Jacob Taubes was one of continuing intellectual quarrel and personal enmity. Their intellectual disagreements centered on Jewish messianism, but the significance of this issue for Taubes’s...
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New German Critique (2010) 37 (3 (111)): 1–26.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Lina Barouch This article examines Gershom Scholem's 1917–18 essay “On Lamentation and Dirges” in the context of his early writings on language between 1916 and 1926. During this period Scholem applauded the “silent language of lamentation” and warned of the loss of lament in a language that had...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (1 (136)): 1–14.
Published: 01 February 2019
...Lotte Houwink ten Cate Abstract This article, based on unpublished materials from the Scholem Library at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the digitized Arendt Papers at the New School, New York, seeks to illuminate Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem’s long friendship, their exchange about...
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New German Critique (2008) 35 (3 (105)): 143–164.
Published: 01 November 2008
...Benjamin Lazier This essay traces the origins of the contemporary interest in “political theology” and focuses on the work of Leo Strauss, Gershom Scholem, and Jacob Taubes in particular. They offer three competing instrumentalizations of the concept; they alert us to a dimension of the problem...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (2 (140)): 191–216.
Published: 01 August 2020
..., Inc. 2020 ethics pedagogy Judaism Gershom Scholem wit Walter Benjamin Walter Benjamin’s most celebrated discussions of tradition move between two opposing poles, or what John McCole termed “the antinomies of tradition.” 1 On the one hand, there is the crisis of tradition...
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New German Critique (2012) 39 (3 (117)): 9–24.
Published: 01 November 2012
... Geschichte 14 (1911): 139–208. (The essay also was reprinted in Bühne und Welt 13, no. 9 [1911]: 355–68.) See Gershom Scholem, Halbband, 1913–1917, vol. 1 of Tagebücher, 1913–1917, ed. Karlfried Gründer and Friedrich Niewöhner with Herbert Kopp-Oberstebrink (Frankfurt am Main: Jüdischer Verlag, 1995...
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New German Critique (2012) 39 (3 (117)): 5–8.
Published: 01 November 2012
... in relation to human helplessness and weakness informs political ideologies—in this case, the repudiation of helplessness through a form of rationalism. Andy was at that time reading Gershom Scholem on Walter Benjamin, and we agreed that a certain hardness came through in Scholem’s commentary...
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New German Critique (2015) 42 (1 (124)): 99–128.
Published: 01 February 2015
... to the attention of Gershom Scholem the following proposal of Brod: “‘The category of holiness . . . is the only suitable category under which Kafka’s life and work can be viewed’” (SW, 3:322–23). Kafka’s castle will not open to the keys of biography, let alone of hagiography. Brod’s error, however, lay...
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New German Critique (2013) 40 (1 (118)): 29–41.
Published: 01 February 2013
... by instrumental rationality and the capi- talism that embodies it. We are the victims of the most modern form of magic, the fetishization of reason itself. And once again, it will take Judaism—also in its most modern form—to neutralize magic, hopefully once and for all. 15. Gershom Scholem, “Franz...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (1 (133)): 23–47.
Published: 01 February 2018
... . Gesammelte Schriften , edited by Tiedemann Rolf Schweppenhäuser Hermann . Vol. 2 . 1 , Aufsätze, Essays, Vorträge . Frankfurt am Main : Suhrkamp . Benjamin Walter . 1994 . The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin , edited by Scholem Gershom Adorno Theodor W. , translated...
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New German Critique (2008) 35 (3 (105)): 1–6.
Published: 01 November 2008
... the origins of the contemporary inter- est in political theology back to its interwar, historical horizon. The examples of Strauss, Gershom Scholem, and Taubes prove especially illuminating, as they offer three competing instrumentalizations of the concept. They alert us 6 Introduction also...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (3 (135)): 97–128.
Published: 01 November 2018
... and H. as an encouraging precedent,” offered to arrange a meeting between Gershom Scholem and Heidegger. Reporting to an inquiring Emil Fackenheim, Scholem wrote: I can’t say anything more than this. My refusal to accept Gadamer’s invitation can be traced to the fact that I would have been incapable...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (2 (137)): 221–252.
Published: 01 August 2019
... period.” 2 Other readers, most notably Thomas Mann and Gershom Scholem, were less positive in their assessment, but they were no less convinced of the book’s historical significance. 3 Goldberg had a classical humanistic Gymnasium education, and, under the tutelage of his learned Orthodox...
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New German Critique (2017) 44 (3 (132)): 83–103.
Published: 01 November 2017
.... Scholem Gershom . 2015 . Briefwechsel , edited by Angermann Asaf . Frankfurt am Main : Suhrkamp . Ahrens Jörn Fleming Paul Martin S. Vedder Ulrike , eds. 2016 . “Doch ist das Wirkliche auch vergessen, so ist es darum nicht getilgt”: Beiträge zum Werk Siegfried Kracauers...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (2 (137)): 197–220.
Published: 01 August 2019
... some of the Nazi murderers. Moreover, Arendt herself seems to have suggested that the change of terms signifies an important shift, most famously in her letter to the Jewish historian Gershom Scholem: “I changed my mind and do no longer speak of ‘radical evil.’ . . . It is indeed my opinion that evil...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (3 (123)): 113–134.
Published: 01 November 2014
..., although as both Moritz Goldstein (1912) and Gershom Scholem (1964) famously and quite polemically argued, it was never more than an imaginary construct in the first place.6 Freydank’s film is structured as an exemplar of that idealized symbiosis; the image of Heinrich and David play- ing a duet...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (1 (121)): 55–92.
Published: 01 February 2014
... efforts to come to grips with Paul’s messianism. Taubes developed his notion of the Mysterium Judai- cum thinking about Paul not only in relation to Schmitt’s notion of the “katechontic form of existence” but also in relation to Gershom Scholem’s notion that the “price” of Jewish messianism was “a life...
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New German Critique (2010) 37 (3 (111)): 173–198.
Published: 01 November 2010
..., the “wise” reader) to be prudent and sus- picious as to whether Strauss himself employed esoteric writing in his body of work and in his teaching. Gershom Scholem described Strauss as “Adam Benaf­tulav” (a man whose thought is winding and tortuous), but unfortunately commentary on Strauss has itself...