Erik Hinton: “Six Hundred Thousand Faces”

‘Scholem worries that although the revolution will be “the only high-point of the history of the world war,” it is ultimately compromised. … It will congeal into injustice and orthodoxy—the revolution will swallow its revolutionary character. Scholem wrestles with this self-eradicating character of revolution for his entire career, finding in Jewish mysticism a strange remedy. … For Scholem, this constant revolution held together by tradition is his anarchistic, mystical utopia.’