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Performative Zion: Butler’s Parting Ways

Performative Zion: Butler’s Parting Ways dissenters heretics, modernity does not always appear to be defined by absolute freedom of choice." While Biale is not referring to Zionism here, I think it would apply. Butler states quite openly in the beginning of her 2004 essay "Jewish and the Bi-national Vision," "I will tell you from the outset that I am not a Zionist, although I was brought up in a strong Zionist community in the United States." This would already disqualify her, given the sentiment of much of contemporary American Jewry. "Anti- Israel Professor Judith Butler to Speak at NYC Jewish Museum." Even the rabbinic sage Rabbi Meir, student of arch-heretic Elisha ben Ayuya (Aher), defended what he had learned from his teacher before his teacher's heresy. Two recent examples are Eliezer Schwied, Eliezer Schweid: The Responsibility of Jewish Philosophy, ed. J. Tirosh Samuelson, A. Hughes; trans L. Levin (Leiden: Brill, 2013); and Joseph Turner, Ha-Yakhas le-Tzion u le-Tefuzot be-Makhshevet ha-Yehudit shel ha-Meah ha-20 (The Relationship between Zion and the Diaspora in the Twentieth Century Jewish Thought) (Israel: Kibbutz ha-Meuhad, 2014). The Schweid volume is an English translation of his work over the last two decades on Jewish existence and Zionism. 259 Forum rebecca http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Jewish Literature Penn State University Press

Performative Zion: Butler’s Parting Ways

Studies in American Jewish Literature , Volume 33 (2) – Aug 27, 2014

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dissenters heretics, modernity does not always appear to be defined by absolute freedom of choice." While Biale is not referring to Zionism here, I think it would apply. Butler states quite openly in the beginning of her 2004 essay "Jewish and the Bi-national Vision," "I will tell you from the outset that I am not a Zionist, although I was brought up in a strong Zionist community in the United States." This would already disqualify her, given the sentiment of much of contemporary American Jewry. "Anti- Israel Professor Judith Butler to Speak at NYC Jewish Museum." Even the rabbinic sage Rabbi Meir, student of arch-heretic Elisha ben Ayuya (Aher), defended what he had learned from his teacher before his teacher's heresy. Two recent examples are Eliezer Schwied, Eliezer Schweid: The Responsibility of Jewish Philosophy, ed. J. Tirosh Samuelson, A. Hughes; trans L. Levin (Leiden: Brill, 2013); and Joseph Turner, Ha-Yakhas le-Tzion u le-Tefuzot be-Makhshevet ha-Yehudit shel ha-Meah ha-20 (The Relationship between Zion and the Diaspora in the Twentieth Century Jewish Thought) (Israel: Kibbutz ha-Meuhad, 2014). The Schweid volume is an English translation of his work over the last two decades on Jewish existence and Zionism. 259 Forum rebecca

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Studies in American Jewish LiteraturePenn State University Press

Published: Aug 27, 2014

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