Apocalyptic messianism and contemporary Jewish-American by R. Barbara Gitenstein

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In the 1960s, this growth began to decline, but did not revert to pre-World War II numbers. 13 Furthermore, the growth in academic studies that are primarily Jewish (such as Holocaust courses, Yiddish language and literature courses, Hebrew language courses), indicates another population of Americans who are searching for a Jewish identity. Coinciding with the growth in other ethnic studies programs, Jewish-American studies programs and courses of the 1970s developed into a forum for personal identification that the college-age population seemed to crave.

The Messiah, according to Jewish legend, is eternal; he existed prior to creation, but he must wait until his appointed time to reappear on earth. In Bird's Nest, a refuge in Eden, he awaits his call in meditation and sorrow. Because the wait for the Messiah was painful, there arose in the Jewish tradition a rich esoterica for calculating the messianic advent. There also developed a tradition in kabbalah of manipulating these speculations and a special gnosis characteristic of the apocalyptic symbolism used to hasten the coming of Messiah.

The study of these writers, then, functions to open the canon, to establish a more accurate vision of Jewish-American literature. Page 9 Two other facets to this review are the variety and value of the poets discussed. In James Vinson's 1980 Contemporary Poets dictionary, all but three of the poets analyzed here at any length are included. Two of the three not included are women (which should not go unnoticed), women who have been associated with the Tree Book small press in California and its editors, Jerome Rothenberg, David Meltzer, and Jack Hirschman (these women are Susan Mernit and Rose Drachler).

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