About Yitzhak Lewis

Yitzhak Lewis was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. He received his B.A. from Hebrew University in Comparative Literature, Psychology and Creative Writing (2007), and his M.A. (2010) and M.Phil (2011) from Columbia University. His M.A. thesis dealt with revealing and concealing as literary devices in the tales of Rabbi Nachman of Braslav. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Columbia University. His dissertation deals with the themes of literature and marginality in the writing of Rabbi Nachman of Braslav and Jorge Luis Borges.

The (Jewish) Christian Question

Freud cartoon
By David Levine

A comment on Gil Anidjar’s paper “Jesus and Monotheism” and its discussion at the MESAAS department colloquium on September 11th.

Murder, it soon becomes clear, goes far beyond the “who-done-it?” digressions, down which Freud (and Anidjar) takes his readers. This word designates more than a crime, far more than an action. It describes a kind of relation: the relation of a father to his sons, of a son to his father, of a people to their leader and, ultimately, of Christianity to Judaism.

What Anidjar terms “the Christian question” is an inquiry about this relation. But this inquiry is not about Christianity’s relation to just anyone. It is what we arrive at when we turn the screw of “the Jewish question” one more time. When we ask what it is about Christianity that so persistently maintains this relation—“murder”—to its Others. Certainly this question goes far beyond “the Jewish” one, but in Anidjar’s reading of Freud’s Moses and Monotheism, the “(Jewish) Christian question” takes center stage.

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