The message given by the book is clear: for the American Jewish intelligentsia, Yiddish is primarily associated with the Holocaust.
My talk organizes a lot of the major questions Jews are asking about modernity under the framework of the loss of ‘memory’ that the modern age has brought about. I hope that both the questions I ask in this talk – about why and how the past can continue to hold great appeal to Jews who do not want to live in it – as well as the framework that I try to offer for modern Jews to be forward thinking while looking backwards, will resonate with you as you navigate your way through contemporary Jewish life and its challenges.
Earlier this week, Yehuda Kurtzer wrote about a recent Commentary article by Jack Wertheimer and the transmission of memory. His blog posts are featured on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog Series. For more information on the series, please visit: