Shulem Deen's All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir PDF

By Shulem Deen

ISBN-10: 155597337X

ISBN-13: 9781555973377

A relocating and revealing exploration of Hasidic existence, and one man's struggles with religion, relatives, and community

Shulem Deen was once raised to think that questions are harmful. As a member of the Skverers, the most insular Hasidic sects within the US, he is familiar with little in regards to the outdoors world--only that it really is to be refrained from. His marriage at eighteen is prepared and a number of other young ones quickly persist with. Deen's first transgression--turning at the radio--is small, yet his interest leads him to the library, and later the web. quickly he starts a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his spiritual ideals, till, numerous years later, his religion unravels totally.

Now a heretic, he fears being came across and ostracized from the one global he understands. His courting along with his kin at stake, he's pressured right into a lifetime of deception, and starts off an extended fight to carry directly to these he loves such a lot: his 5 youngsters. In All Who move don't Return, Deen bravely strains his harrowing lack of religion, whereas delivering an illuminating examine a hugely secretive global.

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In addition to the influence of institutional religious concerns in the past, the structure of modern academic disciplines has also led to rabbinic literature being traditionally dealt with in isolation from other fields in the humanities. Scholars in departments of Semitic literature, for instance, focused on solving difficult textual-philological questions in talmudic exegesis by comparative studies of the languages spoken by communities among whom the sages lived. But such focus on linguistic detail, important as it is, left unexplained the literary "forest" within which the "trees" of the rabbinic lexicon were planted.

The final product — the "literary work" — is a collective creation, the expression of a culture that works itself through the minds of the various individuals whose labor produced the text. 2 From this perspective, we rarely appreciate that the creative process issuing in a modern novel is not utterly different from the series of experiments with cultural heritage that yields one of Robert Johnson's blues tunes — or, for that matter, a tractate of the Mishnah Recent literary theorists, in fact, observe that the trickle-down model of individual literary authorship I rehearsed a moment ago has more than a little to do with the history of communications media and the idea of authorship under the conditions of capitalistic market-driven economies.

It is the most widely disseminated and revered rabbinic work, and the one that was and is studied most in rabbinic academies and schools. It includes not only acute discussions of mishnaic and other ancient legal sources, but also vast collections of midrashic tradition of both Palestinian and Babylonian venues. 10 Introduction THE GOALS OF THE PRESENT VOLUME The modern study of Judaism began with the study of rabbinic literature in the new contexts of the nineteenth-century German university. Most of the key texts of rabbinic literature have existed in European translations for well over a century now.

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