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The Future of the Jewish Past
Yehuda Kurtzer

Brandeis University Press
2012 • 184 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Jewish Studies

$29.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-231-1
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-230-4

$27.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-232-8

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(Cloth edition is un-jacketed.
Cover illustration is for paperback edition only)

“Provocative. . . . The reader will be rewarded in working through the author’s many sources.”—The Jewish Week

Offers a roadmap for revitalizing the connection between the Jewish people and the Jewish past

Modern Jews tend to relate to the past through “history,” which relies on empirical demonstration and rational thought, rather than through “memory,” which relies on the non-rational architectures of mythology. By now “history” has surpassed “memory” as a means of relating to the past—a development that falls short in building identity and creates disconnection between Jews and their collective history. Kurtzer seeks to mend this breach. Drawing on key classical texts, he shows that “history” and “memory” are not exclusive and that the perceived dissonance between them can be healed by a selective reclamation of the past and a translation of that past into purposefulness.

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Shuva is a book of rare academic and spiritual depth. In its pages, Yehuda Kurtzer draws effortlessly and brilliantly upon Jewish and western intellectual and religious traditions to create a work of constructive Jewish thought at its best. Shuva should be read and considered by all who are interested in charting a course for a Judaism that is intellectually compelling and religiously vibrant now and in the future.”—Rabbi David Ellenson, President, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

Shuva is an important and provocative book that asks deep questions about identity, our shared past and the Jewish future. Yehuda Kurtzer has become an important guide to vital issues of memory and meaning.”—Rabbi David Wolpe

YEHUDA KURTZER is president of The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

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