Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem by George Prochnik

By George Prochnik

Taking his lead from his topic, Gershom Scholem—the twentieth century philosopher who cracked open Jewish theology and background with an intensive examining of Kabbalah—Prochnik combines biography and memoir to counter our modern political problem with an unique and pressing reimagining of the way forward for Israel.

In Stranger in an odd Land, Prochnik revisits the existence and paintings of Gershom Scholem, whose as soon as in demand acceptance, as a Freud-like interpreter of the internal international of the Cosmos, has been in eclipse within the usa. He vividly conjures Scholem’s upbringing in Berlin, and compellingly brings to existence Scholem’s transformative friendship with Walter Benjamin, the critic and thinker. In doing so, he unearths how Scholem’s frustration with the bourgeois ideology of Germany throughout the First global warfare led him to become aware of Judaism, Kabbalah, and eventually Zionism, as effective counter-forces to Europe’s suicidal nationalism.
 
Prochnik’s personal years within the Holy Land within the Nineteen Nineties brings him to query the stereotypical highbrow and theological constructs of Jerusalem, and to rediscover the town as a actual position, rife with the unruliness and fecundity of nature. Prochnik finally means that a brand new type of ecological pluralism needs to now inherit the traditionally energizing position as soon as performed by way of Kabbalah and Zionism in Jewish thought.

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