By Alick Isaacs
Challenging deeply held convictions approximately Judaism, Zionism, conflict, and peace, Alick Isaacs's wrestle adventure within the moment Lebanon battle provoked him to look for how of reconciling the belligerence of faith with its messages of peace. In his insightful readings of the texts of Biblical prophecy and rabbinic legislations, Isaacs attracts at the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Derrida, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Martin Buber, between others, to suggest an bold imaginative and prescient of religiously encouraged peace. Rejecting the suggestion of Jewish theology as keen on battle and vengeance, this eloquent and relocating paintings issues to the ways that Judaism could be a route to peace. A Prophetic Peace describes a tutorial venture known as conversing Peace whose objective is to carry contributors of alternative perspectives jointly to percentage various understandings of peace.
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16 Christian spirituality points toward an escape route from the failings of human politics. Turning to transcendence means orienting one’s life toward the love of God. , in the form of a transcending love of humanity. 17 A long history of Jewish suffering at Christian hands has taught me to be wary even of Taylor’s equation of transcendence with pure Christian love. That said, I do wish to adopt the notion that mindfulness of the transcendent might offer a path out of the failings of politics.
Historians must therefore learn to take both sides into account when they write their narratives of Jewish life in Christian Europe. —Israel Yuval, “Vengeance and Damnation, Blood and Defamation” My second example is perhaps a more radical offshoot of the comparative method. 14 The shift in attitude that I am describing is connected, at least in part, to the maturation of an ironic and complex consciousness of Jewish sovereignty. The result has been a steadily growing number of studies that draw attention to the phenomenon of Jewish violence against others (Jews and Gentiles) in the past.
It is true that he corrects distortions set in place by both anti- and philo-Semites, resurrects sources, and—with remarkable erudition—offers evidence for phenomena that have generally been ignored. But his study of Jewish violence is quite openly dedicated to much more than a methodologically untenable—Rankean—attempt to simply say what happened. In my view, Reckless Rites is a perfect example of scholarship that rediscovers the past in the light of contemporary experience. This agenda is perhaps most explicit in the introduction to the book (to which I will return), but a review of the rest will help to illustrate the point in all its richness.
A Prophetic Peace: Judaism, Religion, and Politics by Alick Isaacs