March 4, 13
- Mordechai takes Deronda to a pub where blue collard workers talk
about things – the topic was nationalism.
- 4) Judaism/Jewish identity/Race.
- 5) Prophecy and Transmission – the relationship b/n M and D.
- Zionism relevant in Evangelical circles – The Second Coming of
Jesus will only come when the Jews live in Israel., and convert.
- In the discussion – Some believes Jews should assimilate, some
argue for Zionism (M), he asks for a revival. (pg 455)
- Giddeon’s view – pro-assimilation
- Mordeccai – stressing the nationality of the Jewish people.
- Gideon –Pash – (456)
- Separateness, race, nationality.
- It is the destiny of each people to have their own language.
- Uses “Hebrew” not Jewish
- Hebrew – Ethnic
- Jewish - Religious
- The identity of Zionism for M is ethnic, not religious.
- D’Israeli – Was the PM of England at that time.
- New Jewish Polity (Nation) – Citizenship, grants, etc…
- He wants to go back to the biblical commonwealth.
- Will be just another nation of the world.
- Deronda – Italians have a right to Italy, so do Jews.
- Pg 457 – Maybe sometimes in the future...
- It’s genetic – you cannot get rid office.
- Refers to it as a Republic – there are some separations of power
- Rabbinic view – Go with G-d – W/the Messiah – you font force it.
- Zionist view – Jews needed to start and not wait passively.
- They both argue for Jewish self-help.
- 4) Representations of Judaism as a religion and Jewish identity in
- The Meyrick family sheltering Mirah – The girls go with Mirah one
Sabbath morning and baffled by it.
- They go with her - they saw disorder, men and women not sitting
- They believe that one day Mirah swill convert.
- Assumption that educated Jews would convert,
- DD on 306 – Many of his peers viewed Judaism as a fossil.
- Jews convert b/c Judaism is a fossil religion – worth studying but
- Pg 311 – First full P – He got something out of the service.
- Judaism lacks the fervor of Protestantism
- “I always forgetting” – Mirah - All the Jewish characters think he’s Jewish.
- Judaism – race/religion – how is it presented to the reader?
- “I will never separate myself from my mother’s people” – ethnicity,
parental loyalty, all tied into issues of belonging rather than that of
- Not “here’s why” – it’s her second nature.
- Pg. 544 – Chapter 51
- Responding to his mother
- “It is no shame to have Jewish parents, it is a shame to disown it.”
- She says she was happy she kept