L'École de pensée juive de Paris and the Idea of Fraternité: Re-reading the Stories of Brothers in Genesis

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Abstract

This essay will present an analysis of the idea of 'fraternity' in the writings of two of the most dynamic Jewish thinkers of the Parisian School of Jewish Thought: Manitou (Rabbi Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi) and André Neher. They both examined the concept of "fraternity"in the book of Genesis. Apparently, the concept was borrowed from the motto of the French revolution: liberté, egalité and fraternité. However, they approached it from the perspective of a Jewish reading of the Bible. For them, the extensive development of the concept of fraternity in Genesis produced a wealth of profound ideas. Regretfully, however, it becomes clear that the concept includes varied connotations of enmity as well. In order to sharpen the focus of our study, this essay will deal solely with the relationship of the first set of brothers: Cain and Abel, perhaps the archetype for all other sets of brothers of Genesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-295
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of Jewish Studies
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Amado Lévy-Valensi
  • André Neher
  • Emmanuel Levinas
  • Genesis
  • Manitou (Rabbi Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi)
  • brotherhood
  • fraternité
  • École de pensée juive de Paris

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Religious studies
  • History
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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