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What Does a Jew Want?On Binationalism and Other Specters$
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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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The Star of Redemption with a Split ℵ

The Star of Redemption with a Split ℵ

(p.22) The Star of Redemption with a Split ℵ
What Does a Jew Want?

Aloni Udi

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, the author reflects on his attempt to draw a star of redemption that is different from the one discussed by Franz Rosenzweig in The Star of Redemption. In The Star of Redemption, Rosenzweig tries to shape Judaism into a theological-philosophical method of thinking. The book is composed in the geometric shape of the Star of David, with the corners of the triangle standing on its base representing the elements of existence, God on the upper corner, and Human and The World on the others. The inverted triangle shows the three theological concepts Creation, Revelation, and Redemption on the bottom. The author comments on Rosenzweig's attempt to connect to Christianity at all costs, while slandering Islam and removing it from the realm of monotheism. His proposed star of redemption removes God from the place at the top and calls it “the star of redemption without aleph”—that is, the star of redemption without God. He explains this aleph in relation to God, monotheism, Edward Said's multiplicity, and the binationalist language.

Keywords:   star of redemption, Franz Rosenzweig, The Star of Redemption, Judaism, Star of David, redemption, monotheism, God, aleph, Edward Said

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