You Shall Tell Your Children: Holocaust Memory in American Passover Ritual

You Shall Tell Your Children: Holocaust Memory in American Passover Ritual

By: Liora Gubkin (author)Paperback

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Passover is among the most widely observed holidays for American Jews. During this festival of redemption, Jewish families retell the biblical story of Exodus using a ritual book known as a haggadah, often weaving modern tales of oppression through the biblical narrative. References to the Holocaust are some of the most common additions to contemporary haggadot. However, the parallel between ancient and modern oppression, which seems obvious to some, raises troubling questions for many others. Is it possible to find any redemptive meaning in the Nazi genocide? Are we adding value to this unforgivable moment in history? In this balanced and sensitive look at the controversial topic, Liora Gubkin explains both sides of the scholarly debates. She also recounts oral testimonies from Holocaust survivors, cites references to the holiday in popular American culture, and analyzes examples of actual haggadot. Ultimately, Gubkin concludes that it is possible and important to make a space for Holocaust commemoration, all the time recognizing that haggadot must be constantly revisited and ""performed"" to account for individual sensibilities and events in recent history.

About Author

Liora Gubkin is an assistant professor of religious studies at California State University, Bakersfield.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780813541945
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780813541945
  • ISBN10: 0813541948

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