"If I could overcome two thousand years of Talmudism
and melancholy, and recover--supposing one of my race has ever had it--the clear joy of life..." Despite his endless intellectualizing, Iosef does not immediately notice that Blidaru's ideas are identical to those of the thugs.
The sociologist Max Handman declined to contribute to the Journal because he believed that Jewish culture equated to "mental attitudes," such as "Talmudism
, Chasidism [sic] and the Ghetto environment." While individually of "great value and charm," Handman wrote to Hurwitz, "participation in the work of modern civilization invariably means that we divest ourselves ...
Rather than reading and commenting, which had been the practice of Buber's so despised "Talmudism
," text-centeredness was to give way to a new "rhythm-centeredness," resonating with the "dynamic, inner life forces of culture" (p.