By Michael Berenbaum
The tale of yankee Jewry is inextricably entwined with the striking defeat of the Holocaust and the rebirth of the country of Israel. notwithstanding, for Michael Berenbaum, and others of his iteration, whose grownup recognition integrated the struggle in Lebanon and the Palestinian Uprisings, the story is extra anguished, for the Jewish individuals are now divided, doubtful in regards to the implications of the prior and the course in their destiny. Berenbaum explores the Jewish identification of this iteration, the 1st to mature after tragedy and triumph. He probes the Holocaust's effect on Jewish awareness and the imprint of yank tradition on Jewish identification. not easy Zionism's traditional assumptions, he info American Jews' altering courting to Israel as he examines the tensions created inside of Jewish culture among a background of victimization and the empowerment of Jews. whereas demonstrating that the protection of victory is one step from the ache of sufferers, even if the victors have lately emerged from the fireplace, Berenbaum holds out the wish of liberation for Judaism, keeping that 5 thousand years of background, with its bankruptcy of Holocaust and empowerment, supply a distinct beginning upon which to construct a destiny. Michael Berenbaum is Hymen Goldman Professor of Theology at Georgetown collage and venture Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. he's the writer or editor of a number of books, together with The imaginative and prescient of the Void: Theological Reflections at the Works of Elie Wiesel and The Holocaust: spiritual and Political Implications (with John Roth).
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When they came to Washington, they offered their experience as part of the American drama, to which they also belonged. A second example of Americanization of the Holocaust has occurred in high school classrooms. In 1979—81, a team of educational researchers, psychologists, historians, and sociologists worked on a study of four different Holocaust curricula — material developed by teachers and students in Great Neck, New York; Brookline, Massachusetts; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and New York City, along with the written curricula of several other cities.
For example, inclusion of the Armenian experience in discussing the Holocaust does not detract from the Holocaust's uniqueness but deepens our moral sensitivity while sharpening our perception. Additionally, such inclusions display generosity of spirit and ethical integrity. We should let our sufferings, however incommensurate, unite us in condemnation of inhumanity rather than divide us in a calculus of calamity. The analogies between the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust teach a number of moral lessons.
A recognition of uniqueness need not alienate potential allies for it can sharpen insight and encourage research. Nevertheless, Schorsch's inhibiting cautions, like 26 I. THE HOLOCAUST IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA Bauer's misplaced fears, should be taken as warning signals of what must be avoided in order to secure serious scholarship and its responsible application. Conferring Status John Cuddihy of Hunter College is a brilliant yet eccentric critic of contemporary American Jewry. His insights sometimes glisten even if they do not long endure, yet his information is wide-ranging and his understanding of modernity and the Jewish condition is comprehensive and original.
After Tragedy and Triumph: Essays in Modern Jewish Thought and the American Experience by Michael Berenbaum