Kaddish: Leon Wieseltier

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Kaddish

Leon Wieseltier

Published by Knopf, 1998
ISBN 10: 0375403892 / ISBN 13: 9780375403897
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Title: Kaddish

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Synopsis: Everything struck hard. The door slamming behind me in the black car. The shovel stabbing the mound of soil. The wooden box hitting the floor of the pit. I stood and I swayed and I said what I was told to say. I was presented with the words that justify the judgment, and I justified the judgment. "He is the Rock, His work is perfect, for all His ways are judgment . . ." I was presented with the words of the kaddish, the long one for the funeral, the one about the world that will be made new, the one that I had never said before, and I uttered it. "Magnified and sanctified may His great Name be . . ." "Magnified and sanctified . . ." Sounds, not words. Words that were nothing but sounds. The words spilled into the pit and smashed upon my fathers coffin. I watched the words disperse across the surface of the wood like the clods of dirt that were falling upon it. I saw them there, the shattering words. I saw the letters and their shades. Finally they vanished into the earth. They were buried with him. Justify the judgment, but judge the judgment, too. Bring the judgment to judgment!Out of tears, thoughts.So begins this extraordinary spiritual journal--a record of the inner life of one of Americas most brilliant intellectuals during a year of mourning. When Leon Wieseltiers father died in March 1996, he began to observe the rituals of the traditional year of mourning, going daily to the synagogue to recite the kaddish. Be-tween his prayers and his everyday responsibilities, he sought out ancient, medieval, and modern Jewish texts in pursuit of the kaddishs history and meaning. And every day he studied, translated, and wrote his own reflections on the obscure texts that he found, punctuating his journal with stories about life in his synagogue and about his family's progress through grief. In reflecting upon the fate of his father and of his people, he wrestles with problems of loss and faith, the meaning of tradition, freedom and determinism, and the perplexity of rational religion. Kaddish is a work of history, philosophy, and interior autobiography, of moral force and emotional power.


Review: "'Kaddish' is the result of Wieseltier's year of mourning [for his father's death]. It is a brilliant book--odd, dizzying, learned, racked....[A]n urgent spiritual journal, a book of commentaries, a summary of findings....As this, 'diligent and doubting son' repeats phrases from the Kaddish like a mantra, an ancient magnificence stirs in the text, and his brokenheartedness is balanced by his exhilaration."

Edward Hirsch, New Yorker, 09/29/1998

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