new book

 

From: Deborah
Date: Tue Apr 20, 2004 3:40 pm
Subject: new book

Has anyone read this yet?
Deborah

Judaism and Anthroposophy
Interfaces: Anthroposophy and the World
Vol. 1
Edited by Fred Paddock, Edited by Mado Spiegler
ISBN: 0880105100
Book (Paperback)
SteinerBooks
$19.95
128 pages
February 2003

"Rudolf Steiner's repeated insistence that every phenomenon can fruitfully be approached from multiple points of view is all the more daunting in that it seems both self-evident and elusive to our twenty-first-century minds: we approach the tasks with easy confidence, often failing to notice that we are merely craning our necks to get a better view. More often than not, we are standing on tiptoes, looking over the wall of familiar rationalizations. The daring ones among us may actually open the doors and windows, allow fresh air to circulate through the furnishings of our mind, without really moving out of the perimeter of our accustomed rounds." - Mado Spiegler, from her introduction

Librarian Fred Paddock of the Rudolf Steiner Library initiated this book, because he had long felt the need to make available some of the cutting-edge writings of European anthroposophists. Judaism and Anthroposophy examines the relationship between anthroposophy and religion, between Christian and Jewish esotericism, and between Kabbalah and anthroposophy. It also focuses on Jewish lives in anthroposophy, including those of Martin Buber, Hugo Bergman, Shimon Levy, and Ernst Müller. Also, three leading anthroposophic thinkers explore the question of anti-Semitism.

This is an important contribution to the understanding of anthroposophy and its historical and contemporary interface with Judaism.

THE CONTRIBUTORS:
Johannes Schneider: "Christianity and Other Religions"
Günther Röschert: "On Judaism"
Ruth Windolf: "The Hebrew Experience of Reality as Contrasted with the Greek"
Schmuel Hugo Bergman: "The Blessing"
Shimon Levy: "What Is the Contribution of Judaism to the Life of Anthroposophy?"
Rolf Umbach: "The Kabbalah, an Esoteric Bridge to Christianity?"
David Schweitzer: "Spiritual Background: The Cosmic Christ in Judaism"
Hans Jürgen Bracker: "The Individual and Unity of Humankind - An Account of the Zionist and Anthroposophist Ernst Müller"
Gerhard Wehr: "Between Martin Buber and Rudolf Steiner: Hugo Bergman in Martin Buber's Biography"
Rudi Lissau: "Chosen Destiny"
Samuel Ichmann: "What God Is - or Isn't: A Jewish Waldorf Teacher's View"
Ralf Sonnenberg: "The Dark Side of the Enlightenment—The Eighteenth
Century, changing Perception of the World, and Anti-Semitism in the Early Modern Age
János Darvas: "François Joseph Molitor's Philosophy of History - Judaism As the Miniature Reflection of Humanity"
Dirk Lorenz: "Against a Return to Normality - Accusations of Anti-Semitism As an Occasion for Self-Examination"

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From: dottie zold
Date: Tue Apr 20, 2004 3:46 pm
Subject: Re: new book

Hey Deborah,

I read the book. It was okay. I guess because I already find these things throughout all of Dr. Steiners work that there wasn't anything that stood out for me. After having bought it I was involved with a Kabbala class and so it just really hit home how ridiculous Mr. Staudenmaiers work is in relations to what he is trying to put together regarding the Nazi ideology and Dr. Steiner.

Dottie

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From: Deborah
Date: Tue Apr 20, 2004 5:23 pm
Subject: Re: new book

Dear Dottie,

Thanks for the info. I won't rush to buy it, although I think I'll read it at some point. I've known and admired Fred Paddock for years, so that is one reason I'm interested.

Deborah

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From: dottie zold
Date: Tue Apr 20, 2004 5:27 pm
Subject: Re: new book

Deborah:

I've known and admired Fred Paddock for years, so that is one reason I'm interested.

Hey Deborah, I'll give a few shouts from some of the comments I think may hit a note or two.

d

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From: Peter Staudenmaier
Date: Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:09 pm
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] new book

Deborah and Dottie discussed the new book Judaism and Anthroposophy. I highly recommend the final article in this book, by Dirk Lorenz, which is about the very topic that has aroused so much ire on this list, namely the question of antisemitic and racist elements in Steiner's work. The version of Lorenz's article that appears in the book is unfortunately somewhat abridged; for anyone who reads German, the original can be found at the Info3 website. I especially encourage my various detractors to take a good look at this article, which carries the subtitle "Accusations of Anti-Semitism as an Occasion for Self-Examination".

Peter

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From: Peter Staudenmaier
Date: Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:25 pm
Subject: broken records

Sophia is definitely right that much of what I post here is simply a recapitulation of things I have already said. To my mind, that is one of the legitimate functions of public discussion, reiterating and clarifying existing positions, and is particularly called for when those positions are repeatedly misunderstood. Here's a case in point. Dottie writes:

it just really hit home how ridiculous Mr. Staudenmaiers work is in relations to what he is trying to put together regarding the Nazi ideology and Dr. Steiner.

I think that the obvious explanation for this is that Dottie has misunderstood my argument about the relationship between Steiner's doctrines and Nazi ideology. She thinks I have portrayed Steiner as a Nazi ideologue. Steiner was not a Nazi ideologue, or a Nazi anything. In my analysis, early anthroposophy and early Nazism were rival movements that shared a number of prominent cultural themes and ideological premises. During his lifetime, Steiner's followers sometimes referred to him as "Germany's savior", and after his death some of Steiner's followers found aspects of Nazism congenial. This does not mean that Steiner himself was a Nazi.

Peter

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From: VALENTINA BRUNETTI
Date: Wed Apr 21, 2004 1:53 am
Subject: R: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] new book

Deborah, Deborah,

you gave another strike to my empty cash!!! (25 Dollars and shipment fees -from USA to Italy-added!!)

Anyway: THANKS

Andrea

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