'The Jew' as Metaphor: Embracing the Dissimilar

By Bryan Cheyette

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, April 2011

Against many Jewish individuals and institutions who are wary of the use of "the Jew" as a metaphor for many dissimilar peoples and situations, the author argues that "similarity in dissimilarity" is a powerful conceptual tool which ought not to be dismissed. Jews should not take such usages as attacks on their particular persons or collective history, he suggests.

Topic: Language, Culture, Narrative, Sectarianism, Community Relations, Discourse and Dialogue, Interfaith Relations

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.41/no.679

Page Number(s): 19

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Identifier: issn:0049-0385

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cheyette, Bryan. 'The Jew' as Metaphor: Embracing the Dissimilar. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. April 2011: 19. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=10529


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