Attitudes Ghetto and Non-Ghetto

By Pablo Hubert

AsociaciĆ³n Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), Mila, December 1, 2007

In a speech at the Third International Conference of Intellectuals held in 2005, historian Pablo Huper, analyzes the existence of Jews in the modern world who live outside the classical, physical, and medieval ghetto. Throughout the speech, he makes sure to define Jewishness historically, asserting that the essence of being Jewish is determined by the environment that the Jews live in. He analyzes the implications of a "ghetto attitude," distinguishing it as a particularistic, Jewish attitude resting on certain assumptions. He then moves on to compare this attitude to "non-ghetto attitude," which he describes as universalist, and "a-Jewish." He concludes his speech by contemplating whether it is possible for an active Judaism to exist under modern conditions, without any borders, and in-between ghetto and non-ghetto.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Community Relations, Diversity, Assimilation

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Genre: Speech

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: JDC-Europe

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Hubert, Pablo. Attitudes Ghetto and Non-Ghetto. AsociaciĆ³n Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA),Mila. 1 December 2007:


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