Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years

Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years

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By (author) Israel Shahak, Foreword by Gore Vidal, Foreword by Edward W. Said, Foreword by Norton Mezvinsky, Foreword by Ilan Pappe

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  • Publisher: PLUTO PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 14mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 20 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0745328407
  • ISBN 13: 9780745328409
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 135,169

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Israel Shahak was a remarkable man. Born in the Warsaw ghetto and a survivor of Belsen, Shahak arrived in Israel in 1945. Brought up under Jewish Orthodoxy and Hebrew culture, he consistently opposed the expansion of the borders of Israel from 1967. In this extraordinary and highly acclaimed book, Shahak embarks on a provocative study of the extent to which the secular state of Israel has been shaped by religious orthodoxies of an invidious and potentially lethal nature. Drawing on the Talmud and rabbinical laws, Shahak argues that the roots of Jewish chauvinism and religious fanaticism must be understood before it is too late. Written from a humanitarian viewpoint by a Jewish scholar, this is a rare and highly controversial criticism of Israel that will both excite and disturb readers worldwide.

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Israel Shahak was a resident of the Warsaw Ghetto and a survivor of Bergen-Belsen. He arrived in Palestine in 1945 and lived there until his death in 2001. He was an outspoken critic of the state of Israel and a human rights activist. He was also the author of the highly acclaimed Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (Pluto Press 1999) and Jewish History, Jewish Religion (Pluto Press 1994).

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Shahak subjects the whole history of Orthodoxy ... to a hilarious and scrupulous critique. -- Christopher Hitchens, The Nation The voice of reason is alive and well, and in Israel, of all places. Shahak is the latest - if not the last - of the great prophets. -- Gore Vidal The future of the Palestinian people would have looked much brighter if there had been more Israelis like Shahak ... An outstanding personality. -- The Jerusalem Times

Table of contents

Foreword to the first edition by Gore Vidal Foreword to the 1997 edition by Edward Said Foreword to the 2002 edition by Norton Mezvinsky Foreword to the new edition by Ilan Pappe 1. The Consequences of Ethnic Cleansing 2. The Jewish Religion and its attitude to non-Jews part 1 3. The Jewish Religion and its attitude to non-Jews part 2 4. Conclusions Notes Index