June 21, 2007
The Centrality of the Fringe
By Diana Sperling
The Jew understands his ties to the land in terms that are not natural, but legal. We inhabit the earth that belongs, as the Biblical text says, to the Lord; in other words possession is, in any event, contractual, circumstantial and subject to laws. We are not offspring of the land, but of the letter.
Fourth speech in the series: “Growing Up in the Ghetto, Growing Up in the World” - The Third International Conference of Intellectuals, Rosario, Argentina.