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Colors of VeracityA Quest for Truth in China and Beyond$
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Vera Schwarcz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838737

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838737.001.0001

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Gift of Utterance

Gift of Utterance

Expanding Vocabularies for Truth

(p.17) Chapter 1 Gift of Utterance
Colors of Veracity

Vera Schwarcz

University of Hawai'i Press

Starting with Jewish writers such as Avraham Isaac Kook and Haim Nahman Bialik, this chapter explores Chinese and Hebrew expressions for truth. Each has a distinctive connotation, each adds a new dimension to the quest for veracity. Emet, in Hebrew for example, suggests a commitment to comprehensive examination of a subject, from A to Z as it were. Zhen, in Chinese, emphasizes the need to reorient the subject’s eye/I and to develop a greater capacity for sincerity. Torah commentaries as well as Chinese classical and modern etymologies are explored to recover an “ear for truth” that has been lost among us moderns.

Keywords:   Torah, Sfat Emet, subjectivity, objectivity, the eye of truth, an ear for truth

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