By David Patterson
This booklet articulates a deeper knowing of the phenomenon of Jew hatred as a metaphysical element of the human soul. continuing from the Jewish pondering that the anti-Semites oppose, David Patterson argues that anti-Semitism arises from the main old of temptations, the temptation to be as God, and therefore to escape from an absolute responsibility to and for the opposite person.
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103. , 9. , 62. , 65. , 80. , 120. , 179–180. Preliminary Explanations 29 embarrassed by its often harsh criticisms of Jewry. Antisemites, on the other hand, frequently praised it. .. ”12 Lazare’s tendency to blame the Jews for being an object of hatred sets a precedent for some, although not all, of the subsequent attempts to explain the phenomenon of anti-Semitism, even when the explanation is rooted in an ostensibly genuine concern for the Jews. All too often the Jew hater is somehow exonerated, since his hatred issues from cultural, psychological, or sociological forces outside his control.
Lévinas argues that “evil claims to be the contemporary, the equal, the twin, of the Good. This is an irrefutable lie, a Luciferian lie. ”83 All of these deﬁnitions and descriptions of evil point to one thing: evil lies in the radical undermining of both the human-to-divine and the human-to-human relation, which are of a piece. The undermining of those relations manifests itself most radically in deicide and homicide, which, again, are of a piece. Underlying both is the metaphysical origin of anti-Semitism.
Indeed, in his introduction to Lazare’s work Wistrich notes that “most French Jews were hostile to Lazare’s history of antisemitism or 3 4 5 10 Arthur de Gobineau, The Inequality of Human Races, trans. Adrain Collins (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1915), 59. Bernard Lazare, Antisemitism: Its History and Causes (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995), 176. , 103. , 9. , 62. , 65. , 80. , 120. , 179–180. Preliminary Explanations 29 embarrassed by its often harsh criticisms of Jewry. Antisemites, on the other hand, frequently praised it.
Anti-Semitism and Its Metaphysical Origins by David Patterson