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Where We Find Ourselves
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Essays, poems, and stories on the universal longing for home. 'Explores the life and career of one of the twentieth century’s most colorful Zionist leaders. The life, career, and legacy of Nahum Goldmann (1895–1982), one of the most colorful and important Zionist leaders of the twentieth century, are fully revealed in this illuminating collection of essays. American, Israeli, and European scholars speak to the many sides of Goldmann, including his upbringing, rise in the international public arena as a premier advocate for Jewish life and the Zionist enterprise, and his role as an elder statesman in the 1960s and 1970s. Often ahead of his time, Goldmann proved highly influential at several critical historical junctures—on the eve of the creation of the Jewish state, he played a key role articulating Israel’s relationship with diaspora Jewry, postwar Germany, and the Arab world. This volume captures Goldmann in all his complexity, while making this important figure and his time accessible to researchers, students, and interested readers. Mark A. Raider is Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Cincinnati and Visiting Professor of American Jewish History at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the author of The Emergence of American Zionism. He is also the coeditor of Abba Hillel Silver and American Zionism (with Jonathan D. Sarna and Ron Zweig); The Plough Woman: Records of the Pioneer Women of Palestine, A Critical Edition (with Miriam B. Raider-Roth); and American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise (with Shulamit Reinharz).

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Part I. Displacement and Exile
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. 1. IsraIsland
  2. pp. 9-16
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  1. 2. A Home Called Exile
  2. pp. 17-20
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  1. 3. The Kitchen
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. 4. Mirka and I: (excerpt from an autobiographical novel, The Edge of the Field)
  2. pp. 25-34
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  1. 5. Independence Park: A Fiction
  2. pp. 35-42
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  1. 6. Burning in Cuba
  2. pp. 43-56
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  1. 7. Homeland Security
  2. pp. 57-79
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  1. 8. A Letter to My Grandmother on Coming Home from Europe
  2. pp. 61-80
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  1. 9. Marked by Carnival
  2. pp. 67-80
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  1. 10. Homesick
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. 11. Memories of My Chinese Home
  2. pp. 83-88
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  1. Part II. Place and Memory
  2. pp. 89-90
  1. 12. To Return to One’s Homeland
  2. pp. 91-94
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  1. 13. Snow Unites Jerusalem
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. 14. From Cairo to Chicago
  2. pp. 97-100
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  1. 15. Bella, 1908
  2. pp. 101-104
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  1. 16. Sisters
  2. pp. 105-112
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  1. 17. Jewish Oil Brat
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. 18. Shalom Bayit
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. 19. All But My Life
  2. pp. 117-118
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  1. 20. Kentucky Fried Chicken
  2. pp. 119-124
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  1. 21. America
  2. pp. 125-130
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  1. 22. East
  2. pp. 131-132
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  1. 23. The Mah-Jongg Set
  2. pp. 133-136
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  1. 24. A Jewish Romanian in Oxford
  2. pp. 137-150
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  1. 25. In the Margin
  2. pp. 151-152
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  1. 26. To the Smell of Sea and Pickle
  2. pp. 153-154
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  1. 27. Isibaya (The Home)
  2. pp. 155-158
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  1. Part III. Language and Creativity
  2. pp. 160161-179
  1. 28. Yiddishland
  2. pp. 161-168
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  1. 29. Silence
  2. pp. 169-170
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  1. 30. The Girl in the Balcony
  2. pp. 171-174
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  1. 31. The Music and Language of Home
  2. pp. 175-180
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  1. 32. Here
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. 33. Posit
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. 34. Morning Exercise
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. 35. Renaissance
  2. pp. 187-188
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  1. 36. Line of Defense
  2. pp. 189-190
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  1. Part IV. Family and Tradition
  2. pp. 191-192
  1. 37. I, May I Find Home—after Yehuda Amichai
  2. pp. 193-194
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  1. 38. The Dina Letters
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. 39. My Indian Bene Israel Home
  2. pp. 201-206
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  1. 40. In Your Letter
  2. pp. 207-208
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  1. 41. If Only I’d Been Born a Kosher Chicken
  2. pp. 209-220
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  1. 42. My Mother’s Roots
  2. pp. 221-224
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  1. 43. My Iranian Sukkah
  2. pp. 225-234
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  1. 44. Home for Thanksgiving
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. 45. At Home in Shabbat
  2. pp. 239-242
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  1. 46. Learning the Language
  2. pp. 243-252
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  1. 47. When We Are Born We Are Given a Golden Tent and All of Life Is the Folding and Setting Up of the Tent
  2. pp. 253-256
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  1. Notes on Contributors: (Authors and Translators)
  2. pp. 257-270
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