Reading an article about trauma in Jewish history I found the term "Yehud" (in addition to other terms) indicating the society, culture or community, for instance :
Jeremiah W. Cataldo "Memory , Trauma and Identity in Ezra–Nehemiah"
[...] The exile is redefined as a collective trauma - Ezra-Nehemiah's cause of conviction - for the golah community and not the Am Ha'arets or even directly those Judeans remaining in Babylon. It provides the basis for legitimation of golah collective identity as that of a group predisposed to social-political authority within Yehud [...].
Is this a proper term for the historic Jewish community (in interfaith discussions or writings)? This question references the term; but, does not dig into its meaning or connotation.
*[update, on request] Disclaimer: I've not yet an opinion on it, the cite doesn't mean that I share or oppose the view/approach of the author
Here is the opening of the article:
Ruth Leys’s theory on trauma and memory, when used as a heuristic device, reveals qualities of Ezra–Nehemiah that frame the text as an autotelic response to a constructed, or fabricated, on the part of Ezra–Nehemiah, form of ‘survivor’s guilt’. While the experiences of the exiles helped shape the community’s collective identity, the events themselves, while important, were not the primary bases for golah identity. It was, as Leys’s theory on responses to trauma as identity narratives helps clarify, the golah community’s experience in Yehud that resulted in its internally legitimated response of identity. This response, the intent of which served to mobilize collective identity, supported a central belief that a restored ‘Israel’ was the end-goal of the experiences of the Judean exiles. Read this way, Ezra–Nehemiah exposes itself as [...]"
Also I remembered the link now. It was (a preprint?) at "academia.edu", see here: https://www.academia.edu/5787739/Memory_Trauma_in_Ezra-Nehemiah
- Article in "Methods , Theories , Imagination - Social Scientific Approaches in Biblical Studies (2014)" , see book table of contents and commercial info