‘We’re dealing with how do we live and work with this
memory and what are we supposed to do about it’
Making use of Jewish liminality
University of Melbourne
This article presents an analysis of a sign, created by left-wing Jews, which was attached to a pole on a street in the Lower East Side of New York in December 2006. By reading the sign—in all its multiplicity and complexity—we can unravel the ways in which Jewish
identities in liminal Jewish/non-Jewish spaces, such as New York, are affected by memories of the Holocaust, knowledge of Israeli colonial practices, and Jewish religious identities. This sign can open up new ways of thinking through (Jewish) diasporic languages and identities: it points us to the uncertainties which can be a part of being a leftwing Jew in New York today. By examining the significations of this
sign we can open up broader questions of the place of Jewishness(es) in relation to modernities, and the struggles which are continually played out in the diaspora in relation to the practices of the Jewish nation-state, and the ongoing effects of that thoroughly
modern event, the Holocaust.
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