Setting aside Sephardim in a discussion of Jewish intellectualism

ByDAVID SHASHA
April 20, 2014 11:46

Until a truly rational understanding of culture in the most expansive and pluralistic sense is adopted by intellectuals, we will sadly continue to see the militant presentation of racially-biased Eurocentric values.




Albert Camus

Albert Camus. (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons)

The recent article by Eva Illouz in Haaretz on the seemingly intractable problems faced by Jewish Intellectuals raises a number of critical issues for our understanding of Judaism when seen through Sephardic lenses.

Though it might be too soon to really know how much interest this essay will stir up in the Jewish world, I would say that it is truly a shame that a writer of such penetrating insight has not been able to get past Eurocentric-Ashkenazi categories of what it means to be a Jewish intellectual.

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