Invited to answer questions about his relationship to Judaism, Jacques Derrida spoke through Franz Kafka: GCGBPAs for myself, I could imagine another Abraham.GC[yen] From the experience of a summons that surprises us and prompts the query GCGBPWho, me?GC[yen] Derrida explores the movement between growing up Jewish, GCGBPbecoming Jewish,GC[yen] and GCGBPJewish beingGC[yen] or existence. His essay GCGBPThe Other AbrahamGC[yen] appears here in English for the first time. We no longer confront GCGBPJudaismGC[yen] but GCGBPjudeity,GC[yen] multiple Judaisms and Jewishnesses, manifold ways of being and writing as a JewGCoin DerridaGCOs case, as a French-speaking Algerian deprived of, then restored to French nationality in the 1940s. What is it to be a Jew and a philosopher? How has the notion of GCGBPJewish identityGC[yen] been written into and across Jewish literature, Jewish thought, and Jewish languages? Here distinguished scholars address these questions, contrasting DerridaGCOs thought with philosophical predecessors such as Rosenzweig, Levinas, Celan, and Scholem, and tracing confluences between deconstruction and Kabbalah.
DerridaGCOs relationship to the universalist aspirations in contemporary theology is also discussed, and his late autobiographical writings are evaluated. This multifaceted volume aims to open the question of Jewishness, above all, to hold it open as a question, though not one of practical or theoretical identity. As much a contestation of identity as a profound reflection on what it means today to seek, elude, and finally to wrestle with the significance of GCGBPbeing-jew,GC[yen] Judeities invites us to revisit the human condition in the twenty-first century.