Terminal Moraine

Naomi Scheman

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This chapter deconstructs the Jewish identity as exiles and victims, by comparing their situation to "terminal moraine"-a geologic metaphor for Long Island, USA. American Jews have prospered despite a long history of oppression, not the least of which is the Holocaust. However, during the post-War era there were born plenty of American Jews who felt detached from their history and political identity, a phenomenon termed as "Jewish whiteness." This can be overcome so long as each person takes the initiative to learn from each other, thereby preserving the memory and the sense of community between them and the land on which they stand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShifting Ground
Subtitle of host publicationKnowledge and Reality, Transgression and Trustworthiness
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267483
ISBN (Print)9780195395112
StatePublished - May 27 2015


  • American jews
  • Holocaust
  • Jewish whiteness
  • Long island
  • Political identity
  • Post-war era
  • Terminal moraine


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