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Indicates how Ozick's characters try and mediate a posh Jewish id, person who bridges the diversities among conventional Judaism and secular American tradition.

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Rabeeno is so consumed with his reenactments of the masters and of history that he is not able to actually forge new ground for himself; he cannot conjure up a present without precedent. Taking Puttermesser’s lead and plunging into the life of George Eliot and George Lewes, they read the novels, the biographies, and the journals of these nineteenth-century lovers. Intrigued by Lewes’s nephew, Johnny Cross who married Eliot after Lewes’s death, Rabeeno makes an argument and ultimately persuades Puttermesser that Cross did not marry Eliot out of love.

76 Under the rubric of this theology lies enormous potential for the revelation of beauty and an aspiring ethics in the world of visual art. Like the photographer of “Shots” and Rupert Rabeeno in “Puttermesser Paired,” Beulah Lilt is an artist who has been redeemed by exercising her talent to bridge the putative gap between civilizations. She has managed to do what Brill failed to. Her painting, Caryatid, which is the emblematic painting of a new movement of young painters, marries elements of the Greek and Judaic.

Her characters do not make unequivocal or final determinations. ”96 By creating protagonists whose principal lives’ work is the production of visual images, Ozick continues the stream of consciousness within Judaism that recognizes art and pictorial language not as mere idolatry, statues that must be smashed to herald in a new era of monotheism. The alternate route within Judaism exists as well whereby visual art services great insight and a redeeming sympathy. This is true for humanity overall and for the complex schisms that both separate and haunt nations.

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