These are such deep topics for reflection, as all of Spiegelman's active imagination "Journeys". Ideas like blessings, Grace, gratitude etc. will understandably come under increasing pressure and doubt as personal suffering reaches a certain threshold. Or indeed for a whole people. That people still keep faith and belief under such circumstances is humbling to deliberate.

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The idea of Julia being a Jewish Atheist for God is so interesting, too. There might be something there about how, despite her personal lack of belief in God, she still plays a role in the story of her people and their relationship to Him (whether that God be a more literally “real” being or a symbolic “idea” of one.)

The next post will expand upon her story, where she shares a profound moment with Zaideh and comes (like Spiegelman!) to study with Jung.

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