Exile as Redemption: The Secret of Jewish Survival


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Limmud Conference 2009


Chaim Seidler-Feller


Is exile a punishment or a gift? How do we explain Jewish survival when other, larger cultures faded from the historical scene. Through a variety of biblical, rabbinic, Hasidic and homiletic texts we will explore an alternative and innovative theological framework for understanding Jewish history. It will be argued that the experience of exile has had a determinative impact on the development of Judaism and that the concept of exile constitutes a distinctive Jewish contribution to civilization.


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