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A Kind of Homecoming

Kafka’s Judaism as the Site of Spiritual and Literary Self-Discovery

Charles H. Hammond Jr.

Pages 185 - 201

My article traces Kafka’s short story ‚Das Urteil‘ to the writer’s avid re-engagement with his Jewish heritage during the fall and winter of 1911. I suggest that Kafka’s re-introduction to the ‚Kol Nidrei‘ prayer during October of that year – in the synagogue as well as in the Yiddish theater – led him to experiment with a religiously-inspired prose style that would eventually lead to his literary breakthrough on the night of Yom Kippur, 1912.


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