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…what is the real jewish future…?//Why Jewish History Is So Hard to Write | The New Yorker

March 24th, 2018 · No Comments

The issue of judaism is so controversial with the horsewhip charge of antisemitism for the temerity to discuss the subject that one hesitates to say anything. But two stark realities demand confronting jewish chauvism: the jewish amercian sector has virtually destroyed american democracy through a domination so subtle one can barely be aware of it. Next, one must confront the degenerated morass of israel and the hopeless mess the zionist idea has created there.

The exclusiveness of jewish self-definition in that context has created a statist monstrosity from which there seems no escape. The reviewer cites hegel who noted the way the status of judaism changed in the wake of xtianity. But perhaps hegel failed to see that the remnant judaism might become a new experiment, a mysterious kind of eugenic experiment. The result is an injection of a new kind of human into the modern sphere. There the reform movement surely got it right, save only that in the end jewish culture will assimilate to a larger modernity in a new epoch of history. As the horrible failure of israel suggests there is no real future to a geographical israel that cannot even solve the demand of universalist religion.
The facts of the case suggest that thinking about jewish religion is obsolete while the eugenic angle has failed to really materialize. The resolution is simple and already emerging slowly: drop the definition of jewishness in terms of the jewish mother and universalize the religion/culture to include a host of cultural populations committed to modernity beyond biblical self-definition. Look at a figure like einstein. That future has already commenced its realization. But stubborn persistence of the old remains a drag against this future.
In the end the persistence of judaism is no more surprising than that of xtianity or buddhism, but all the products of the axial period are assigned to a future beyond the format of such ancient religions. But if we examine antiquity in this context we see the same challenge was at work precisely in the coming of israelitism to confront the religions of an earlier pagan epoch with a monotheistic resolution. A close look however shows that, for example, the remnants of, say, egyptian religion persisted for nearly a millennium in the centuries AD of the late roman empire. I suspect the assimilation beyond judeo-xtianity will develop more rapidly in the modern case. In the end the question of israel is hopeless and the grotesque outcome can only resolve itself via the recreation of a modern state with equal participation of a multicultural population. That’s period and over and out. So we wait.

Source: Why Jewish History Is So Hard to Write | The New Yorker

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