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Encountering the Jewish Future: with Wiesel, Buber, Heschel, Arendt, Levinas

Encountering the Jewish Future: with Wiesel, Buber, Heschel, Arendt, Levinas

Marc Ellis maintains that the most vital questions about Judaism are prefigured in the work of Elie Wiesel, Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Hannah Arendt, and Emmanuel Levinas. Ellis's work is framed by encounters with each thinker's work, focusing on topics of God, the Holocaust, the prophetic legacy, philosophical and ethical standpoints, and Jewish empowerment and dissent.

Two generations after the Holocaust and Israel's founding, Ellis argues that the uncertain future of Judaism requires a deeply personal and intellectual exploration of Jewish tradition and identity, in conversation with the best philosophical and theological minds of recent years.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800697938
  • eBook ISBN 9781451413427
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 288
  • Publication Date July 1, 2011


"An exquisite journey into modern Jewish thinking in all its complexity, pain, and beauty. Marc Ellis provides a rich and compelling examination of where we have been, where we are now, and where we must go, told with intellectual rigor and profound sensitivity."
—Sara Roy
Senior Research Scholar
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Harvard University

"Marc Ellis is a bold adventurer who persistently explores the cutting edges of Jewish commitment and here puts himself in conversation with challenging thoughts about innocence and experience, imperialism and conscience, redemption and oppression. No contemporary Jewish commitment can afford to overlook the prophetic stance Ellis enunciates."
—Gregory Kaplan
Anna Smith Fine Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies
Rice University

"Encountering the Jewish Future will rapidly become a landmark of 21st century prophetic writings. Marc Ellis subversively unfolds the liberationist character of Jewish thought and courageously puts the revolutionary tradition in the service of the wretched of earth. This book is a must read for all cross–borders of conscience committed to global justice."
—Santiago Slabodsky
Assistant Professor
Claremont Lincoln University