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Le mystérieux Maître d’Elie Wiesel – article sur les rapports Chouchani-Wiesel

http://frblogs.timesofisrael.com/le-mysterieux-maitre-delie-wiesel/
Elie Wiesel and Michael

Elie Wiesel holds Shoshani / Chouchani’s letters in his private archives

Another fascinating article written by a talented journalist Ofer Aderet in Haaretz (same journalist who wrote the first article about our movie on Chouchani / Shoshani http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.553215)

Elie Wiesel and Joel Rappel - Picture : Dorit Rappel

Elie Wiesel and Joel Rappel – Picture : Dorit Rappel


This time it’s about the most famous book of Elie Wiesel, “Night”. We learn here that Dr Joel Rapel – who was the director of Elie Wiesel’s archives in Boston for years – found there this manuscript in Hebrew! Nobody knew until now that Wiesel wrote a version of “Night” in Hebrew because it has never been published. The text in Hebrew is different than the one in French.

Another interesting point in the article, though we knew it before from another source: Elie Wiesel holds letters that Chouchanu/Shoshani wrote him! Under what name did Chouchani sign his letters? good question… It’s important to stress the fact that Elie Wiesel has always maintained that Chouchani’s real name was Mordehai Rosenbaum.

Note: this mention of these letters doesn’t appear in the Hebrew translation of the original article of Aderet in Hebrew, one can say that Chouchani was lost in translation :)

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/news/.premium-1.717093?utm_content=%24sections%2F1.717093.1462094157&utm_medium=EMAIL&utm_source=SMARTFOCUS&utm_campaign=1390118&utm_term=20160501-03%3A05&ts=_1462146040434

Jean-Paul Sartre and Benny Levy read Levinas and hear Chouchani’s voice

Benny Levy fut le secrétaire de Jean-Paul Sartre. Militant maoïste de premier plan sous le pseudonyme de Pierre Victor, il dirige dans la France de l’immédiat « après-Mai » (début des années 1970) le parti Gauche prolétarienne. Il découvre ensuite Emmanuel Levinas et le Judaisme qu’il fait aussi decouvrir à Jean-Paul Sartre. Benny_Levy
Il entame alors un retour vers le Judaisme par l’étude des textes juifs, il explique cela dans cet entretien radio sur France Culture avec Alain Finkielkraut.

Benny Levy ne prononce pas ici une seule fois le nom Chouchani, mais l’oreille attentive l’entend pourtant dans chacune de ses phrases.
http://www.franceculture.fr/philosophie/benny-levy-chez-levinas-l-hebreu-n-etait-pas-une-religion-fossile-c-etait-une-pensee

“Levinas est celui qui a provoqué mon retour aux textes juifs, et à la vie juive. [...] Quand j’ai lu Levinas, au moment où je m’entretenais avec Sartre, j’ai eu le sentiment qu’il parlait d’ailleurs. Sentiment qui devient de plus en plus obsédant et puis qui s’explicite : il y a un horizon, un horizon propre qui est l’horizon de l’hébreu. C’est d’ailleurs ce qu’a compris Sartre, ce qu’a découvert Sartre avec moi, que l’hébreu ce n’était pas une religion fossile, c’était une pensée. Donc il y a une pensée qui se déploie autrement, qui relève d’un autre horizon.[...]”
“Levinas c’était – à travers toute l’intrigue d’autrui – retourner à la trace de Dieu. Levinas est celui qui a fait qu’il y ait retour du nom de Dieu dans la langue philosophique et tout particulièrement dans la langue française, c’est-à-dire cette langue qui était exceptionnellement rebelle à ce retour, car c’est une langue acéphale, je désigne cette notion importante pour Bataille “couper la tête du roi c’était couper la tête de Dieu”. Donc il y avait quelque-chose de militant dans l’athéisme. [...] Donc c’était un acte incroyable d’audace pour un garçon aussi respectueux qu’était Levinas, un acte incroyable d’audace de permettre que retourne le pharisien dans les lettres françaises.”
“Ce texte là nous brulait”.

Pearls of Chouchani – Pearl number 1

Pearls of Chouchani – Pearl number 1
Pniney Chouchani 01

Read Proverbs 3,29 “Do not plow (plot) harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you”
and Job 4,8 “As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.”

The Thought = Plowing

Action = Sowing

The Result  = Harvest
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Perles de Chouchani – perle numéro 1

Lire Proverbes 3,29 “Ne laboure (médite) pas le mal contre ton prochain, Lorsqu’il demeure tranquillement près de toi.”
et Job 4,8 “Selon ce que j’ai vu, ceux qui labourent l’iniquité et qui sèment la misère, la moissonnent”

La pensée = labourer

L’action = semer

Le résultat = la récolte

On Instruction and Knowledge

“Préférez mes instructions à l’argent, Et la science à l’or le plus précieux; Car la sagesse vaut mieux que les perles, Elle a plus de valeur que tous les objets de prix.” (Proverbes 8,10-11)

(קְחוּ מוּסָרִי וְאַל כָּסֶף וְדַעַת מֵחָרוּץ נִבְחָר. כִּי טוֹבָה חָכְמָה מִפְּנִינִים וְכָל חֲפָצִים לֹא יִשְׁווּ בָהּ” (משלי ח י-יא”

“Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.”
(Proverbs 8,10-11)

“Shushani and the Problem of Humiliation”

“Shushani and the Problem of HumiliationIMG_3013

Not every teacher thus honored performed their task with equanimity of spirit. Many were angry, some morose. But Mordechai Rosenbaum (aka Harav Mordechai Shushani) presents a special case. His brilliance, erudition, and devotion to study are legendary, as experienced by Wiesel, Emmanuel Levinas, Shalom Rosenberg, and other members of an elite group of students. He was eccentric in appearance, behavior, and method, dressing poorly, maintaining secrecy in his comings and goings, saying little about his past, and holding marathon classes some days and disappearing for long stretches on others. (…) Wiesel also characterizes Harav Shushani as rude and abrupt, stooping so low as to mock, humiliate, and and torment his students. (…)
Harav Shushani did everything, in other words, that his student wouldn’t think of doing. Wiesel’s way is not to humiliate but to humanize.
Indeed, the relationship between Rav Shushani and his admiring student – humiliation on the one hand, loyalty on the other – replays how Wiesel some years later described the relationship between the renegade talmudic master, Elisha ben Abuya, and his lone remaining disciple, Rabbi Meir.(…) Wiesel never refers to Shushani as an apostate (though others apparently did). The question was more the effect of his teaching on the faith of others rather than on his own. Nevertheless, what thy shared was a pedagogy that had room for the humiliation of their closest disciples.
What then did our teacher learn from his own about teaching ? Perhaps he learned what NOT to do; perhaps WE learn, indirectly and paradoxically, that sometimes one chooses a master (or a master chooses a student) from whom one eventually diverges 180 degrees. But then again, it may be that Wiesel’s classroom teaching draws on Shushani’s, while filtering away its excesses.”

from ELIE WIESEL Jewish, Literary and Moral Perspectives. Alan Rosen.

Prof. Benjamin Gross cite Monsieur Chouchani sur France 2

Quand soudain on cite Monsieur Chouchani sur France 2…

C’etait il y a deux jours dans l’émission “La source de vie” et c’est le Professeur Benno Gross qui a lui-même connu Monsieur Chouchani qui nous rapporte ici un de ses enseignements…

Emmanuel Levinas talks about his Master Monsieur Chouchani – an amazing Genius – Video in Italian

Video in Italian: Emmanuel Levinas talks about his Master Monsieur Chouchani – an amazing GeniusEmmanuel Levinas en Italien

http://www.raiscuola.rai.it/articoli/emmanuel-l%C3%A8vinas-tra-martin-heidegger-e-il-talmud-aforismi/5087/default.aspx

Lévinas si sofferma inoltre sulla sua infanzia, segnata dall’ebraismo. Decisiva fu la personale scoperta del Talmud fatta sotto la guida di Chouchani, maestro di esegesi biblica. “Un uomo – ricorda Lévinas – che poteva attraversare un gran numero di idee, senza sentire l`obbligo di portarle a un esito conclusivo”.

Lecture about Monsieur Chouchani Mister Shoshani מר שושני

Chouchani: a Genius, a Bum, a Legend
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If you are curious and eager to know more, you may be interested in a lecture about M. Chouchani in English, Hebrew or French. Feel free to contact us: contactfilm@chouchani.com
We have already been invited many times to give lectures and tell the story of this amazing unique character.
We then show exclusive video interviews and reveal concealed parts of the documentary movie we are working on.