Coming to Terms with Exile

Howard Wettstein

in The Significance of Religious Experience

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199841363
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950003 | DOI:
Coming to Terms with Exile

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This chapter gives an exploration of one side of Jewish religious life, an attempt to come to terms with exile, to find spiritual riches in dark places. Exile of two varieties are distinguished: the “normal dislocation” of the human condition and the extraordinary catastrophe of the Second Temple’s destruction and the exile of people from the land of Israel. The chapter explores the hyper-anthropomorphism of the post-destruction literature which emphasizes God’s suffering along with our own, God’s, as it were, exile. What emerges are new possibilities of a mutually affirming relationship between God and the people.

Keywords: diaspora; exile; dislocation; Rabbinic Judaism; halacha; midrash; anthropomorphism

Chapter.  5918 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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