The garden of the soul: Historical memory and personal identity
Schwarcz, V. 2005.  BH 15:57-60. CELD ID 21527

How we understand history shapes our understanding of the human predicament in general-and of Jewish destiny in particular. Drawing upon comparative insights form the Chinese tradition, this essay argues for a rooted sense of historical consciousness. In a modern world riddled by amnesia, Jews stand out as a reminder of a vibrant, vivifying connection to the past. The garden is used as a metaphor to show how the soil of remembrance nurtures enduring traditions-especially for Jews who have survived repeated attempts to destroy their attachment to historical memory.