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Foreword

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pp. ix-x

The Rutgers University Press series Key Words in Jewish Studies seeks to introduce students and scholars alike to vigorous developments in thefield by exploring its terms. These words and phrases reference importantconcepts, issues, practices, events, and circumstances. But terms alsorefer to standards, even to preconditions; they patrol the boundaries of...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiii

Julie and Gus opened their doors and set a table by the window for breakfast and conversation. At first, Deborah Dash Moore and I would meetthere to prepare the seminars that we were teaching together in JewishStudies, and soon MacDonald Moore joined us. Those conversationsformed part of a larger effort by dedicated colleagues and students to...

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Introduction To What May This Be Likened?

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pp. 1-10

When German Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig inaugurated an experimental program in Jewish adult education in Frankfurt in 1920, he framed the project as a question of learning. He qualified his key word: “Learning,” he wrote, “there are by now, I should say, very few among you unable to catch the curious note the word sounds, even today, when...

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1. Terms of Debate

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pp. 11-49

Two women of the German Jewish middle class meet after a separation of a hundred years in the pages of a book. They offer an opening frame for the period in which the terms of debate in Jewish Studies were forged. One of these women was Hannah Arendt, who would come to be a leading figure in twentieth-century political thought. But in 1929 she had...

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2. State of the Question

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pp. 50-92

A current state is a state “for now,” a state of our own conceiving, but alsoa transient matter. The ancients taught the enduring quality of wisdom traditions, social practices, and structures of power. What the modernslearn from that lesson, however, is that even the most enduring of ancientconstructions comes to an end: all things human are only for now....

3. In a New Key

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pp. 93-124

Notes

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pp. 125-146

Index

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pp. 147-150

About the Author

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pp. 151-151