• The Jew as Pariah: Adam Kirsch Reviews Mihail Sebastian's ‘For Two Thousand Years'

    2 monthes ago - By Tablet Magazine

    It might seem self-evident that a pariah is something no one would choose to be. But in some parts of the Jewish world today, the label has become a source of pride. This development can be traced to the work of Hannah Arendt, whose influential essay “The Jew as Pariah: A Hidden Tradition” (1944) argued that the pariah status of the Jews in modern European society could be considered a strange kind of blessing. While the majority of Jews were “parvenus,” Arendt wrote-eager to join gentile society, which was reluctant to admit them-a few rare Jewish souls embraced their pariahdom. For...
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