David Patterson's new book addresses a need long felt by a number of us working in Jewish Studies.
Alongside Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Emmanuel Levinas, and others, Emil Fackenheim has been among a handful of European Jewish thinkers inviting us implicitly or explicitly to engage what is undoubtedly the most important event of modern Jewish history, if not of Jewish history, since BCE. His conception of a "th Commandment" and his reflections in To Mend the World and elsewhere have profoundly altered our thinking. And yet their implications have rarely been developed.
Patterson styles his volume less as an account or critique of Fackenheim's ideas than a stepping through the gateway they open for us, undertaking "the task of incorporating his thinking into an understanding of the Shoah that may take us to yet another level, an understanding of what went into its making, and of what it might mean for the future of Jewish life and Jewish thought" xiii. Patterson pursues this goal in seven chapters. In his "Introduction," he lays out the core from which the rest follows.
The singularity of the Holocaust derives not from its "unprecedented nature," "the exterminationist policy of a modern state," "the development of technology for purposes of murder," or "the criminalization of Jewish being"—as countless historians have argued—but from "its metaphysical dimensions as an instance of divine revelation in the midst of a human assault upon the divine" Nazism proceeded "not just by eliminating the divine prohibition [End Page ] against murder through the extermination of the ancient Jewish testimony to it" but equally "by making murder a defining principle of the National Socialist worldview" It was its pure essence" Register Register now to access more content.
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