Language, Identity, and the Scandal of American Jewry

By Leon Wieseltier

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Spring 2011

The author recalls how he and fellow graduate students at Harvard invented a field of inquiry that they called Comparative Diasporalogy. He states that the requirements of identity are usually not the same as the requirements of history, and the study of Jewish history shows that different Jewries have different characters and different emphases and different tones. We are one, but we are also many; and our plurality is as much a strength, as much a cause of what we are, as our singularity. The comparative diasporalogist studied these similarities and these differences; the morphologies of Judaism, whose number was also an occasion for delight; the Judaisms that together comprised Judaism.

Topic: History, Language, Culture, Diaspora, Jewish Identification

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.86/No.1/2

Page Number(s): 14-22

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Wieseltier, Leon. Language, Identity, and the Scandal of American Jewry. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2011: 14-22. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13799


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