Children of Job: American Second-Generation Witnesses to the by Alan L. Berger

By Alan L. Berger

Targeting the novels and flicks of daughters and sons of Holocaust survivors, this ebook sheds gentle at the dating among the Holocaust and modern Jewish identification. it's the first systematic research of a physique of labor that introduces a brand new iteration of Jewish writers and filmmakers, in addition to revealing how the survivor's legacy is shaping - and being formed by means of - the second one new release. rigorously learning the paintings of those modern young ones of task, Berger demonstrates how the offspring, just like the survivors themselves, characterize various orientation to Judaism, have major theological transformations, and proportion the legacy of the Shoah. Berger in actual fact indicates that contributors of the second one iteration take part totally in either the yank and Jewish dimensions in their id and articulates distinct second-generation theological and psychosocial subject matters.

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61 On the other hand, a whole range of acts become vehicles for accessing this hidden yet still-present deity. For example, through a variety of rituals and in increasing locations jews sought God after the second destruction of the Jerusalem Temple. The home and the synagogue took the place of the Temple. Greenberg notes that as prophecy was no longer appropriate after the second destruction, so after the Shoah "sacramental and formalistic statements are less likely to be heard today. " 61 Rather, expansion is necessary because "in an age of extreme hiddenness God must be discovered everywhere," 61 in areas ranging from business to politics, to love and to learning.

Clearly, each of the second-generation witnesses exhibits the tikkun of bearing witness. Furthermore, these witnesses reveal a tikkun of the self in their attempts to master the trauma of the Shoah even while simultaneously acknowledging that ultimately the catastrophe remains unassimilable. Moreover,. the overrepresentation of the second generation in the helping professions can itself be viewed as exemplifying an attempt to heal the world. RICHARD L. " The correlative of this view is the abrogation of covenant .

Carefully analyzing Wiesel's literary corpus, Michael Berenbaum discerns an additional covenant that was forged at Auschwitz. '" 1 Further,. this self-affirmation involves nothing less than a "covenant with the past of Israel, with its pain, its overwhelming experience of death, and its memories of God and of a world infused with meaning. " 46 Berenbaum emphasizes three characteristics of Wiesel's additional covenant that I view as having specific resonance for the type of covenantal theology attested by second-generation witness texts.

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