Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Foreword

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pp. ix-x

The Rutgers book series Key Words in Jewish Studies seeks to introduce students and scholars alike to vigorous developments in the field by exploring its . . .

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

I acknowledge the friends and colleagues who have nurtured this project, even as they continued to ask the most difficult questions, and I am grateful to those . . .

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Introduction: The Shape of the Book

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pp. 1-7

People tend to have a very personal relationship to space, so I begin with a story about my neighborhood in the Bronx. On a recent Friday afternoon, as daylight dwindled . . .

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PART I

The discussion of the Hebrew term for place (makom) in chapter 1 sets the stage for the three chapters that follow it in this section. As indicated in the introduction, . . .

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1 Makom

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pp. 11-25

The term makom in Hebrew may be translated, in deceptively simple fashion, as “place.” As in English, the word has both concrete and abstract significance, and . . .

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2 The Garden

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pp. 26-37

What is the role of the natural world in Jewish cultures? While the book’s final chapter offers a broader discussion of the role of the environment in . . .

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3 Jerusalem

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pp. 38-57

Eli Amir is an Iraqi-born writer who immigrated to Israel as a teen in the 1950s and became a popular novelist and well-known public figure. His 2005 novel . . .

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4 The Land

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pp. 58-77

“Go forth from your land, from your birthplace, and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you” (Gen. 12:1). “Lekh lekha.” This terse two-word command . . .

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PART II

This section moves beyond the Terms of Debate and imagines alternative spaces. In contrast to those roots conceived by chapters 2, 3, and 4, part 2 is organized . . .

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5 Bayit

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pp. 81-97

What makes a house a home? And if there is such a thing as a “Jewish home,” how might we go about determining its defining attributes? How is this space . . .

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6 Diasporas

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pp. 98-115

In the words of the German Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig, “To be a Jew means to be in Golus.1 Exile has largely had negative connotations, indicating . . .

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7 The City

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pp. 116-133

As seen through the eyes of Iya, a Muslim housekeeper, the departure of Jews from Baghdad in the 1950s leaves the city utterly changed and bereft of one of . . .

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PART III

The previous two sections have reviewed how Jewish cultures have imagined space and place across a variety of geographical and historical circumstances. In . .

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8 Eruv

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pp. 137-147

Michael Chabon’s novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (2007), set in the district of Sitka, a region of Alaska that has served as a “temporary haven” for Jews after . . .

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9 Environment

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pp. 148-154

Yehuda Amichai’s poem “Jewish Travel” poses a question regarding the essence of Jewish space: Now that the gap between space and place, between the . . .

Notes

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pp. 155-181

Index

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pp. 183-196

About the Author

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pp. 197-197