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LA “DIFFERENZA” DELL'EBRAISMO: Riflessioni tra Rosenzweig, Scholem, Derrida, Levinas

Donatella Ester Di Cesare
La Rassegna Mensile di Israel
Vol. 73, No. 1 (GENNAIO-APRILE 2007), pp. 1-16
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41618934
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Abstract

How can one judge assimilation today? What does "being Jewish" mean? This essay discusses the problem posed when speaking of a Jewish "identity". Following the steps of authors such as Rosenzweig, Scholem, Derrida, Levinas who have tried to re-define what the concept of belonging to Judaism implies, the author suggests, on the contrary, to speak of Jewish "difference". Rosenzweig had already suggested that the correct way to interpret Jewish separation is by judging the difference that a Jewish way of life generates. On the other hand Scholem pointed out that after the Shoah and the creation of the State of Israel it is impossible to speak of an "identity". In contemporary philosophy, as expressed in the writings of Levinas and Derrida, the impossibility of defining Jewish identity offers the occasion to implode the old categories of traditional metaphysics and logic, such as those of identity and substance, and to re-design a new philosophy that has its roots in Jewish sources.

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