Stuck with the Past: Exploring Jewish Memory Through Contemporary Jewish Literature
Hosted By: Haberman Institute
Remembering is a central aspect of Judaism. God commands the ancient Israelites to remember, zakhor, in the Torah text and the most important moments in the Jewish calendar include the reenactment of the exodus from Egypt, “as though you yourself were there,” each year at the Passover seder. Such engagement with the Jewish past can provide a sense of connection to earlier generations and provide meaning in the present. Other times, the Jewish past can feel like a burden stifling present-day creativity and the potential for constructive change in what it means to be Jewish.
In this lecture, Dr. Claire Sufrin will present recent novels that explore the relationship between the tragedies and triumphs of Jewish history and what it means to be a Jew today, including Eternal Life (Dara Horn), Great House (Nicole Krauss), and The Ruined House (Ruby Namdar).
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