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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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Holy Language, Holy Place

Holy Language, Holy Place

To Franz Rosenzweig

(p.150) Holy Language, Holy Place
What Does a Jew Want?

Aloni Udi

Columbia University Press

In this tribute to Franz Rosenzweig, the author talks about a mosque where Moslems praise the Lord on a daily basis. The Dome of the Rock has come to symbolize Jerusalem, but the author says “we experience the Al-Aqsa Mosque as the absence of the Temple...bury our dead on the Mount of Olives facing the dome, hoping for resurrection...” He recalls the prophecy written by Gershom Shalom in his 1926 letter to Rosenzweig. “Will not the holy language open up like an abyss and swallow us whole? Certain as we are we have turned the Hebrew language into a secular language...the revivers of the Hebrew language did not believe in the day of judgment they destined for us with their acts.”

Keywords:   prophecy, Franz Rosenzweig, Moslems, Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Gershom Shalom, holy language, Hebrew language, secular language

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