Friday, August 8, 2008
New Ruthless Cosmopolitan Column
In my latest "Ruthless Cosmopolitan" column for JTA I write about "allosemitism" -- the concept that Jews are the perpetual "other". I describe this year's Yiddish Summer Weimar festival and also a summer exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Munich on "that certain Jewish something" that makes things and/or people Jewish.
The column can be seen at the JTA web site or at various other sites, including the Jerusalem Post.
I am aggregating all the columns on a Ruthless Cosmopolitan blog, where they can be subscribed to via RSS.
DOES A "CERTAIN JEWISH SOMETHING" REALLY SET JEWS APART?
By Ruth Ellen Gruber
WEIMAR, Germany (JTA) -- I learned a new word this summer -- "allosemitism."
Coined by a Polish-Jewish literary critic named Artur Sandauer, the term describes a concept with which I am quite familiar -- the idea of Jews as the perpetual "other."
Allosemitism can embrace both positive and negative feelings toward Jews -- everything, as the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman put it, "from love and respect to outright condemnation and genocidal hatred."
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