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Job'S Soul And Otto Weininger'S Torments: Jewish Themes In The Theatre Of Hanoch Levin And Yehoshua Sobol

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The biblical figure of Job and the 19th century Viennese philosopher Otto Weininger do not really have anything in common. In spite of the significant differences between The Torments of Job and Soul of a Jew, they address quite similar ideological and existential issues, situating a male figure struggling with God in a world that is gradually approaching destruction in the center. It is even possible to show that Levin and Sobol were conducting an implicit "dialogue" about power and agency, about the relations between "male" and "female" and about the presence, or rather the absence, of God in the modern world. This chapter examines these issues with particular regard for the complex interaction between the mythological and the historical dimensions of the Jewish heritage; in other words, how these playwrights confront the dialectical relations between the religious and the secular sources of the Jewish/Israeli identity of their heroes.

Keywords: Hanoch Levin; Israeli identity; Jewish heritage; Jewish identity; Otto Weininger; Sobol; Soul of a Jew; The Torments of Job



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