Jewish History, Jewish Religion

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0745328407
  • 9780745328409
  • 184,111

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


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'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 '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 'Subjects the whole history of Orthodoxy to a hilarious and scrupulous critique' -- Christopher Hitchens, The Nation
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About Israel Shahak

Israel Shahak (1933-2001) was a resident of the Warsaw Ghetto and a survivor of Bergen-Belsen. He arrived in Palestine in 1945 and lived there for the rest of his life. 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, 2004) and Jewish History, Jewish Religion (Pluto, 2008).
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