Babylon and Jerusalem: The Integrity of the Diasporic Critical Mind

By Eugene R. Sheppard

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2004

Sheppard writes about Rawidowicz's Bavel Verushalayim, a mostly-unnoticed two-volume collection of essays purported to lay out a philosophy of Jewish history. Babylon represents the religious, political, and philosophical legacies of the various historic centers of the Jewish Diaspora, while Jerusalem culls together the different characteristics that were forged in and harken back to the land of Israel. Rawidowicz saw the moral and philosophical integrity of Israel as rising from the accommodations, self-assertions, and reformulations of its collective character in that tension-filled space between Babylon and Jerusalem.

Topic: History, Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Jerusalem, Diaspora, Publications, Zionism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: 35/616

Page Number(s): 6

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Sheppard, Eugene R. Babylon and Jerusalem: The Integrity of the Diasporic Critical Mind. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2004: 6.


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