Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel

Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives
Steven Katz and Alan Rosen
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/17/2013
ISBN: 978-0-253-00812-1
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Finalist, 2013 National Jewish Book Awards, Anthologies and Collections category

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, best known for his writings on the Holocaust, is also the accomplished author of novels, essays, tales, and plays as well as portraits of seminal figures in Jewish life and experience. In this volume, leading scholars in the fields of Biblical, Rabbinic, Hasidic, Holocaust, and literary studies offer fascinating and innovative analyses of Wiesel's texts as well as illuminating commentaries on his considerable influence as a teacher and as a moral voice for human rights. By exploring the varied aspects of Wiesel's multifaceted career—his texts on the Bible, the Talmud, and Hasidism as well as his literary works, his teaching, and his testimony—this thought-provoking volume adds depth to our understanding of the impact of this important man of letters and towering international figure.

Author Bio

Steven T. Katz is Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies and holds the Shirley Slater Chair in Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Boston University. He is editor of The Shtetl: New Evaluations and The Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Theology.

Alan Rosen teaches Holocaust literature at the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, and other Holocaust study centers. He is author of Sounds of Defiance: The Holocaust, Multilingualism, and the Problem of English and The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews with David Boder.


“Navigating deftly among Wiesel's varied scholarly and literary works, the authors view his writings from religious, social, political, and literary perspectives in highly accessible prose that will well serve a broad and diverse readership”
 — S. Lillian Kremer, author of Women's Holocaust Writing: Memory and Imagination

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Table of Contents

Introduction \ Alan Rosen
Part 1. Bible and Talmud
1. Alone with God: Wiesel's Writings on the Bible \ Joel Rosenberg
2. Wiesel as Interpreter of Biblical Narrative \ Everett Fox
3. Wiesel and Rabbi Akiva \ Joseph Polak
4. Wiesel and the Stories of the Rabbis \ Reuven Kimelman
Part 2. Hasidism
5. Wiesel in the Context of Neo-Hasidism \ Arthur Green
6. Reflections on Wiesel's Hasidic Tales \ Steven T. Katz
7. Yearning for Sacred Place: Wiesel's Hasidic Tales and Postwar Hasidism \ Nehemia Polen
8. The Hasidic Spark and the Holocaust \ Gershon Greenberg
Part 3. Belles Lettres
9. Lot's Wife and "A Plea for the Dead": Commemoration, Memory, and Shame \ Nancy Harrowitz
10. The Storyteller in History: Shoah Memory and the Idea of the Novel \ Sara R. Horowitz
11. Wiesel's Post-Auschwitz Shema Yisrael \ Alan L. Berger
12. Dreams and Dialogues: Wiesel's Holocaust Memories \ Ellen S. Fine
13. The Trauma of History in The Gates of the Forest \ Victoria Aarons
14. Victims, Executioners, and the Ethics of Political Violence: A Levinasian Reading of Dawn \ Jonathan Druker
Part 4. Testimony
15. Dialectic Living and Thinking: Wiesel as Storyteller and Interpreter of the Shoah \ Irving Greenberg
16. Wiesel's Aggadic Outcry \ David Patterson
17. Whose Testimony? The Confusion of Fiction with Fact \ Lawrence L. Langer
18. Wiesel's Testament \ Oren Baruch Stier
19. Améry, Levi, Wiesel: The Futility of Holocaust Testimony \ Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Part 5. Legacies
20. With Shadows and With Song: Learning, Listening, Teaching \ Alan Rosen
21. Teaching through Words, Teaching through Silence: Education after (and about) Auschwitz \ Reinhold Boschki
22. Toward a Methodology of Wonder \ Ariel Burger
23. Wiesel's Contribution to a Christian Understanding of Judaism \ John K. Roth
24. Conscience \ Irwin Cotler