I have now met two of the other Jewlicious bloggers, and so my sense of this blog as an imaginary entity is slowly disappearing. Which is a good thing, and which makes explaining to my classmates my connection to something called “Jewlicious” a bit less of a challenge.
Now, for the post. The very, very grad-studenty post, as it relates directly to a book I’ve just discovered is most useful for not one but two of my papers this term. Everyone must read “Obstinate Hebrews” by Ronald Schechter. He provides a whole new way of looking at French Jews in 18th century France, as well as more general questions and problems. (Yes, Jews in 18th century France were, for what it’s worth, a question, and for many, a problem). The gist is that the Jews are a problem because we are seen as stubborn and unchanging. That, and that the Enlightenment philosophers were completely obsessed with Jews, more so than the average person at Fairway or Zabars, even though it was a rare French person who’d even met a Jew. It’s fascinating stuff.