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In the face of a silent god : Isaac Bashevis Singer's Jews--the pious, the profane, and the irresolute / by Julie St. Vrain French.

Publication | Digitized | Library Call Number: PJ5129.S49 Z693 2000

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    Throughout the writing of Isaac Bashevis Singer one finds his Jews inextricably bound to their God—through religious observance, more than two thousand years of history, through quotidian cultural mores, education, and through attitude. Judaism, more than a religion, permeates every aspect of their existence. The pious observe the law to the letter; sinners are beguiled by lust, by avarice, by pride, idolatry, and especially in the case of post-Holocaust Jews, by unremitting despair. Always in Singer's writings is the unanswerable question: If God is merciful, why does He allow suffering? Indeed, where is God during this massacre of his chosen people? This study will focus on Singer's response to that very question. A general survey of style will begin the study; eight highly unusual, but definitive stories will illustrate Singer's themes; analysis of the behavior of the pious and the sinner—separated roughly into specific sins—will follow.
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    Book
    Author/Creator
    French, Julie St. Vrain.
    Published
    2000
    Notes
    Thesis (M.A.)--California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2000.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 147-150).
    Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Dissertation Services, 2004. 23 cm.
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    English
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    Electronic version(s) available internally at USHMM.
    Physical Description
    iii, 161 p.

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