Mythopoesis, Mysticism, Messianism, and Modernity in Aaron Zeitlin's Metatron

This article presents an analysis of Aaron Zeitlin's Metatron: Apokaliptishe poeme, published in Warsaw in 1922. Written at the height of the Yiddish avant-garde, the book-length poem represents the highpoint of Zeitlin's "neo-kabbalistic" phase. Focusing on the mythopoesis and m...

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Published in:The journal of Jewish thought & philosophy
Main Author: Wolski, Nathan
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill [2020]
In: The journal of Jewish thought & philosophy
Year: 2020, Volume: 28, Issue: 1, Pages: 28-94
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Zeitlin, Aaron 1898-1973, Meṭaṭron / Mythopoiesis / Mysticism / Messianism
IxTheo Classification:AZ New religious movements
BH Judaism
KBK Europe (East)
Further subjects:B Messianism
B Myth
B Aaron Zeitlin
B Henoch Biblical character
B Yiddish
B Duality
B Poetry
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:This article presents an analysis of Aaron Zeitlin's Metatron: Apokaliptishe poeme, published in Warsaw in 1922. Written at the height of the Yiddish avant-garde, the book-length poem represents the highpoint of Zeitlin's "neo-kabbalistic" phase. Focusing on the mythopoesis and mystical messianism in the composition, I situate Zeitlin's thought in the context of Uri Tsvi Greenberg's Mefisto as well as Hillel Zeitlin's messianism and ruminations on duality and evil. Paul Tillich's writings about the divine-demonic provide another lens. Uncovering Zeitlin's kabbalistic sources reveals the depth of his mythopoetic imagination, which I locate amidst divergent attitudes to myth in Yiddish literature in the early 1920s.
ISSN:1477-285X
Contains:Enthalten in: The journal of Jewish thought & philosophy
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/1477285X-12341305