The most groundbreaking, provocative book on Jewish identity to come along in decades. Rabbi Hertzberg and Aron Hirt-Manheimer,editor of Reform Judaism get to the heart of the matter: What makes a Jew a Jew?
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"Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg's life of honor, education and compassion commands our attention whenever he speaks. Few people have communicated so consistently from the platform of their own convictions. If more people had Rabbi Hertzberg's courage, our divisions would diminish. If more people had his wisdom, our possibilities would expand." -Bill Bradley
"Arthur Hertzberg is one of the foremost experts of contemporary Jewish thought. His sharp wit and penetrating mind, his rabbinical acumen, his active involvement in all aspects of Jewish life, his strong commitment to Zionism and Israel--all combine to invest his writings with great authority. His previous book The Jews in America has become a classic and this present one will no doubt be hailed as the culmination of the author's many literary and scholarly achievements."-Justice Chaim Cohen, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Isreal (retired)
"Arthur Hertzberg has one of America's most amazing minds. Whatever he writes is more than worth reading, it's a must for all who are interested in Judaism in general and American Jewry in particular."-Edgar M. BronfmanFrom the Author:
A unique a very readable addition to literature about Jews.
"Jews" is a thoughtful look at the uniqueness of a people shaped by stunning encounters of all kinds--spiritual, human and most significantly, with their own relentless quest for self determination and self definition. The authors combine glimpes of the Jews' rich history with portraits of the people who shaped Jewish thought, adding vignettes from their own experiences. Both tradition and reform are encompassed in the authors' final plea for unity. I found this to be an engaging book, full of information and understanding of what it is to be Jewish.
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Book Description HarperOne, 1998. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: What makes a Jew a Jew? In the most controversial book on Jewish identity to come along in decades, two influential Jewish leaders dare to answer that provocative question. There is an essential Jewish identity, shaped by the legacy of history and faith, which bridges divergent cultures, politics, and even beliefs. So argues author Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, the outspoken and influential leader at the forefront of the world Jewish community, who together with Aron Hirt-Manheimer, the distinguished editor of "Reform Judaism" magazine, presents a myth-shattering view of Jewish character."Jews" is a landmark work that provocatively explores the meaning of Jewish identity through the ages. Hertzberg and Hirt-Manheimer present an original and insightful look at the entire Jewish experience and what it means for Jews and non-Jews alike. The authors boldly advance a series of radical arguments: They dare to define the "essential" Jew. They dare to say that the Jewish character has remained the same since the time of Abraham and Sarah. They dare to propose that anti-Semitism is not a Christian invention-it is a reaction to Jews as persistent dissenters in every society. They dare to suggest that the Holocaust was a reenactment of the Crucifixion in which the traditional roles were reversed. They dare to examine the illness of self-hatred that has afflicted Jews from Karl Marx to Woody Allen. This book offers a new and startling perspective on how Jew. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060638346
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