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    DescriptionThis freethinking book, structured as a dialogue between the authors, overturns conformist discourses and received ideas about Jewish culture and identity. It challenges pious myths and biases. What if the Jews were not the "descendants" of the Hebrews? What if the Jewish book was more the Talmud than the Bible? What if medieval judeophobia could not be identified with modern anti-Semitism? What if orthodoxy was not a return to cultural origins but a new creation? If these are all valid topics of debate, questioning the future of the Jews should not be beyond discussion.

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    The Jews and Their Future
    A Conversation on Judaism and Jewish Identities
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Esther Benbassa, By (author) Jean-Christophe Attias, Translated by Patrick Camiller
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 390 g
    ISBN 13: 9781842773901
    ISBN 10: 1842773909

    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR1, HRJ
    BISAC V2.8: REL040000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 305.8924
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    LC classification: DS143 \.B4
    Thema V1.0: QRJ, JBSR
    Illustrations note
    bibliography, index
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    Publication date
    01 June 2004
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    Author Information
    Esther Benbassa and Jean-Christophe Attias are professors of Jewish History & Culture, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, Paris. They have been extensively published, and their books translated into many languages. The Jews and their Future has been translated by Patrick Camiller.
    Review quote
    'This duo have a real penchant for provoking their readers. They love to shake old certainties and orthodoxies. And in this new book, they have transcended themselves by penning a magnificently iconoclastic dialogue.' - Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Le Nouvel Observateur 'Readers will be grateful to these authors for having opened up, and so richly, the 'Jewish Question' today -- highlighting the situation of Jewish people in the Diaspora.' - Sylvain Cypel, Le Monde 'This book positively invites debate. But on condition one first recognises the deep knowledge and openminded spirit that inspires it.' - L'Histoire 'These authors share a common passion for the history of Judaism, and an equal repugnance for prejudices, taboos, even panic that characterizes Judaism when it thinks it is under attack. Taking the form of a dialogue in the manner of certain old rabbinical texts, even socratic, they whisper their disquiet (intellectual, even spiritual) at the self-indulgence contemporary Judaism tends to engage in more than it would like to admit.' - Jean-Luc Allouche, Liberation 'What does it mean to be Jewish today? Is it to live in the cocoon of the Shoah and the fear of a resurgence of fascism? Is it to cover one's head, to support Sharon? Or is it to have a sense of belonging across boundaries? To answer these questions, the authors revisit the iconic images of the diaspora, zionism, anti-semitism, and also of the 'Jewish mother', the tensions between ashkenazi and sephardic Jews --- and deconstruct them with a delicate hand.' - Francois Dufay, Le Point
    Table of contents
    1. What does it mean to be a Jew?;2. Modernity and Jewishness;3. From anti-Judaism to anti-Semitism;4. Jewish nationalism and Zionism;5. Remembering the genocide: a new civil religion?;6. Ashkenazis and Sephardis: exchanging looks;7. Judaism, Christianity, Islam: combining differences;8. Secularization and Jewish morality;9. Being a woman and Jewish;10. To remain Jewish, to become Jewish again, or to reinvent Judaism?;11. Diaspora identities, Israeli identities;12. From communitarian affirmation to the temptation to withdraw;13. Israel seen from within and from the Diaspora;14. Jewish intellectual freedom and the weight of conformism;15. Fascination with suffering or the challenge of life: a critical choice.