By Miriam Sivan
Indicates how Ozick's characters try to mediate a posh Jewish identification, one who bridges the diversities among conventional Judaism and secular American tradition.
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Where the contradiction comes in is when you . . stop too soon [emphasis mine], when you speak of the imagination that creates things in competition with God. . The mammalian imagination results in idolmaking. ” Hencke, son of a German World War One veteran, husband to a simple American heiress, and lover to an intense, confrontational Jewish American woman, is a dilettante of sorts. His wealthy wife’s money enables him to have a private show in a prime New York gallery and buys him the prestige of a well-known critic’s presence and talk at the opening.
60 It is the intention and the meaning invested in the aesthetic creations that determine the effect of this deterrence. The truth, or emet in what Alexenberg sees as the link of art and faith, confronts the world of appearances in Rabeeno’s work. He holds up his mirror to the multiple mirrors parading as authentic arbiters of reality. He dares to challenge them, he dares to tell history that it too is a series of interpretive gestures, easily imitable, and so made anew and open to alteration: “Rabeeno copied the masters.
Rabeeno is not reaching so high. It would be too bold a gesture in the postwar world of disillusionment to attempt to capture God’s light and, were he to try, his efforts would most probably be misinterpreted as sentimental. Still, Rabeeno is concerned with transcending, Mishkan: The Ungraven Image 29 via replication and an emphasis on the act of creation, what he concludes are artificial divisions of time and ethical parochialisms. ᪓ None could argue that Rabbi Kook was being seduced by images, as Joseph Brill’s mother accuses her son of being in The Cannibal Galaxy when she learns he has been visiting the Musée Carnavalet near their home in Paris.
Belonging Too Well: Portraits of Identity in Cynthia Ozick's Fiction (S U N Y Series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture) by Miriam Sivan