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In Osteuropa 8-10/2008

From Obscurantism to Holiness
East European Jewish Thought in Buber, Heschel, Levinas

Micha Brumlik

Deutsche Fassung


In public perception, East European Jewish thought is surrounded by a mystical veil. The three thinkers Martin Buber, Joshua Heschel, and Emmanuel Levinas shared the East European Jewish experience, an education in existential philosophy in Germany, and the ordeal of witnessing the mass murder of Europe’s Jews. They are united by a universalistic ethic aimed at promoting direct human responsibility. More clearly than Buber and Heschel, we have Levinas to thank for an appreciation of what one could call “East European Jewry”.

(Osteuropa 8-10/2008, pp. 97–110)

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