Anat Messing Marcus

Benjamin with Kafka: Babylon, Jewish Language and the Image Ban

Lecture in the “Between Jewish Languages” Research Group, August 2021 Anat Messing Marcus “Architecture did not fall into the worship of visual images” Hermann Cohen, Religion of Reason, Out of the Sources of Judaism “No human art appears as deeply compromised as the art of building in Kafka. None is more vital and none makes …

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“Ta‘ish al-Republique!” On Judeo-Arabic political writing

The indigenous Jews are not French, but Arabs of the Jewish faith. Their mother tongue is Arabic, which they speak badly and write in Hebrew letters. Charles du Bouzet, 1871 א שפראך איז א דיאלעקט מיט אן ארמיי און פלוט (Language is a dialect with an army and fleet) Max Weinreich, quoting an anonymous individual, …

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The Jewish Name, Between Tradition and History: The Case of Georges Perec

In my lecture, I presented the appearance of the Jewish name in Georges Perec’s oeuvre. Perec (1936-1982) was a French-Jewish author, a WWII orphan who had lost his mother in Auschwitz to become an enfant caché (hidden child). He would later become one of the most highly valued authors in 20th-century France. In his work, …

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Review of a Sephardic version of the Dance of Death in a Jewish Tradition (Ms. Parma 2666)

The Dance of Death according to the Castilian Tradition in the Parma Manuscript (Ms. Parma 2666) is a documentation of a unique medieval version – one of the earliest textual witnesses of this literary genre. Through it, we are indirectly introduced by a Jewish copier to a Christian dramatic-theatrical version of the Dance of Death …

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The response of Jewish Orthodox press to the “Language War” in 1913-14

Hebrew’s status as the Holy Language is supposedly obvious in Jewish tradition. Nevertheless, in the early 20th century, the Orthodoxy in both Europe and Palestine was embarrassed by its modern uses by nationalist and Zionist Jews, particularly as part of the modernization of Jewish education. The meeting presented the Jewish Orthodox press’s dilemma in the …

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