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Diasporas and Exiles: Varieties of Jewish Identity

Howard Wettstein

Abstract

Diaspora, considered as a context for insights into Jewish identity, brings together a lively, interdisciplinary group of scholars in this innovative volume. Readers needn't expect, however, to find easy agreement on what those insights are. The concept “diaspora” itself has proved controversial; galut, the traditional Hebrew expression for the Jews' perennial condition, is better translated as “exile.” The very distinction between diaspora and exile, although difficult to analyze, is important enough to form the basis of several chapters in this collection. “Identity” is an even more elusive ... More

Keywords: diaspora, Jewish identity, galut, Hebrew, exile

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520228641
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520228641.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Howard Wettstein, editor