Contemporary Hebrew Mystical Poetry: How it Redeems Jewish Thinking (Hardback)Aubrey L. Glazer (author)
Hardback 402 Pages / Published: 31/07/2009
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This interdisciplinary scholarship correlates Hebrew Poetry and Jewish Mysticism to forge new pathways in Jewish Thinking. Contemporary Israeli poetry serves as the site for debating the relation between public trauma and private experience. These Anmerkungen or afterwords explore how Hebrew poetry has carried forward from collective catastrophe to rewrite and rebirth the individual experience after the Shoah. Experience is always seen through embodied eyes. Through a clarified way of seeing called, Anmerkungen or 'afterwords', poetry takes note of the truth inherent to subjectivity as reflected in language. These afterwords challenge the reality of 'not yet' [nocht nichts] seeing from our subjective situatedness the other that confronts us at every turn. In the wake of catastrophe, fractured fragments of vision await a rebirthing of redemption. How does a post-Shoah 'aesthetic non-representationalism' affect Hebrew culture in general, and Israeli poetry in particular? Israeli poetry serves as the site for debating the relation between public trauma and private experience.These afterwords inquire how Hebrew poetry has 'carried forward' from collective catastrophe to rewrite and rebirth the individual experience. In wake of national catastrophes, how is exilic language reborn in Jewish literature, especially the correlation between Talmudic and Lurianic hermeneutics? From this hermeneutic vantage point, the question remains, What Hebrew poets are for? Any post-Shoah response flows from fractured fragments toward confusion or 'olam hatohu, to restoration or 'olam hatiqun, until envisioning a divine-human matrix in motion or merkabah is possible. This motion is the hermeneutic web for these afterwords. The hermeneutics of 'swerving', 'transumption' as well as 'vacuum and void' open new reading strategies in the poetry of Zelda Mishkovsky Schneerson (1914-1984), Haviva Pedaya (b. 1965) Haya Esther (Godlevsky) (b. 1941). These afterwords, flowing from a Cordozaen hermeneutic matrix comprised of Cordovero - Luria - Tzvi, are then correlated to the poets Mishkovsky - Pedaya - Esther. Coupled with this is a re-evaluation of the pioneering studies of Harold Bloom as well as Hillel Zeitlin and Arthur Green.While outlined by Gershom Scholem, these afterwords diverge from Wolfson's poetics of Kabbalah to attempt realizing another aspect this future study of the kabbalah of poetry through Hebrew Hermeneutics. This project births redemptive possibility of poetics becoming poethical. From these masterful studies on the poetry of esotericism, new ways of seeing collocations of poetry within 'aggadah and kabbalah a by-path we call Hebrew Hermeneutics becomes possible.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Number of pages: 402
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