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    DescriptionReaching from biblical times to the present day, Esther Benbassa's prize-winning exploration of Jewish identity is both epic and comprehensive. She shows how in the Jewish world the representation and ritualization of suffering has shaped the history of both the people and the religion. Benbassa argues that the nineteenth century gave rise to a Jewish 'lachrymose' historiography, and that Jewish history was increasingly seen to be a 'valley of tears' - a development that has become even more dominant since the Holocaust. The treatment of the Holocaust in the State of Israel now has the form of a civil religion. In principle within reach of everyone, the 'duty of memory' and the uniqueness of the genocide have mitigated for many Jews the loss of other traditions. Every time Israel perceives a threat to its existence, the memory of the Holocaust is invoked - which ensures that suffering continues to be a central part of Jewish identity, and also positions the State of Israel as a redemptive force.

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    Suffering as Identity
    The Jewish Paradigm
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Esther Benbassa, Translated by G. M. Goshgarian
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 207
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9781844674046
    ISBN 10: 1844674045

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    B&T General Subject: 431
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    Verso Books
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    Verso Books
    Publication date
    02 March 2010
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    Author Information
    ESTHER BENBASSA is Chair in the History of Modern Judaism at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. She is the author of many books, including The Jews of the Balkans, The Judeo-Spanish Community: 15th to 20th Centuries, History of Sephardic Jewry: XIVth-XXth Centuries, The Jews of France: A History from Antiquity to the Present, and The Jew and the Other.
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    Praise for Suffering as Identity: "The triumph of mourning, Esther Benbassa warns us, stifles the breath of life. How can we fail to agree?" - Regis Debray, Le Nouvel Observateur "This work is remarkable for its erudition and salutory non-conformism." - Le Monde diplomatique "A magnificent plea for a Judaism of the future which would no longer have - or no longer solely have - 'suffering as identity' and Israeli politics as its instruments of redemption." - Politis