Jewish Culture in This Time and Place: A Betrayal of Universalism
I cannot for the life of me see any sense in the idea of promoting a Jewish culture in America, any more than I can see any sense in the idea of promoting a Ginzburg culture or a Cohen culture. I do not deny that I am a Ginzburg, descended from a long line of Ginzburgs, and I do not deny that I am by birth a Jew and descended from a long line of Jews. But I do not see that this creates any necessity to understand myself as a Ginzburg or as a Jew, or to develop “positive content” of Ginzburgism or Jewishness in my philosophy of life or cultural outlook.
In fact my reason tells me that in so far as I import “positive content “of Ginzburgism or Jewishness into my philosophy of life, I distort and falsify that philosophy of life. Hitler to the contrary notwithstanding, there is no Jewish truth and there is no Aryan truth. There is only a universal truth, a truth accessible to all men without the intervention of family, race, nation, or sect. . . .
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