American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American by Ezra Cappell

By Ezra Cappell

Seems on the position of Jewish American fiction within the greater context of yank culture.

In American Talmud, Ezra Cappell redefines the style of Jewish American fiction and areas it squarely in the better context of yank literature. Cappell departs from the normal technique of defining Jewish American authors exclusively when it comes to their ethnic origins and sociological constructs, and as a substitute contextualizes their fiction in the theological historical past of Jewish tradition. via intentionally emphasizing old and ethnographic hyperlinks to religions, spiritual texts, and traditions, Cappell demonstrates that twentieth-century and modern Jewish American fiction writers were codifying a brand new Talmud, an American Talmud, and argues that the literary creation of Jews in the United States could be obvious as yet one more level of rabbinic statement at the scriptural inheritance of the Jewish humans.

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Appears on the function of Jewish American fiction within the higher context of yank culture.

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Roth was nothing if not consistently inconsistent throughout his long career. There is however a far more Jewish text which truthfully corresponds to the arc of Roth’s enigmatic career as a writer, yet to my knowledge, no one has made the obvious connection of Roth’s novel to an even older Jewish tradition than Freud’s psychoanalytic theory: Lurianic Kabbalah. Harold Bloom has remarked on the many ways in which Freud’s secular scientific religion of psychoanalysis borrows from traditional Kabbalah.

As Gurock correctly expresses, the vast majority of scholarship on American Orthodoxy has focused on “the rabbis and lay leaders who 20 AMERICAN TALMUD attempted to find ways to accommodate Judaism to the powers of the American environment” (xiii). Understanding the ways that Jews have managed to preserve ancient traditions in the face of an increasingly secular American culture, or the ways those ancient traditions have been modified to accommodate the changing condition of American Jews, has been “the underlying theme of all serious historical research that has examined Jewish religious activity in the United States” (xiii).

One might expect to find this work being exhibited at some underground neo-Nazi museum, yet what might surprise readers is that this show was exhibited at the Jewish Museum in New York City. American Talmud, through tracing the dissolution of Holocaust images in twentieth-century and contemporary Jewish American fiction, attempts to understand how and why the Jewish cultural establishment 22 AMERICAN TALMUD promotes an assimilated Jewish artist like Tom Sachs who interchangeably uses the term “Holocaust” to describe the destruction of European Jewry as well as the “pressures” associated with postmodern fashion.

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