Jewish History, Jewish Religion, the Weight of 3000 Years

Jewish History, Jewish Religion, the Weight of 3000 Years

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The author was born in a Warsaw ghetto and was a survivor of Belsen. He arrived in Israel in 1945. Brought up under Jewish Orthodoxy abd Hebrew culture, he has consistently opposed the expansion of the borders of Israel from 1967. In this book, Shahak argues that the potential for the right wing Jewish religious movements within Israel to seize power represents a serious threat to the peace of both the state of Israel and the Zionist movement and of the whole of the Middle East. Written from a humanitarian viewpoint by a Jewish scholar, this is a highly controversial criticism of Israel.
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  • Hardback | 127 pages
  • 234.2 x 317 x 15.7mm | 204.12g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 074530818X
  • 9780745308180

Table of contents

The consequences of ethnic cleansing; the Jewish religion and its attitude to non-Jews part 1: the social structure and major features of classical Judaism, the Muslim world, Christian Spain, Poland, Anti-Jewish persecution, modern anti-semitism,the Zionist reform, confronting the past; the Jewish religion and its attitude to non-Jews part 2 - prejudice and prevarication, structure of the legal edifice, interpretations of the Bible, structure of the Talmud.
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"Shahak and Mezvinsky's "Jewish History, Jewish Religion" is refreshing in its critique of Jewish fundamentalism and therefore serves as a welcome addition to the literature in the field." -- Middle East Studies Association Bulletin"Subjects the whole history of Orthodoxy ... to a hilarious and scrupulous critique." -- Christopher Hitchens, The Nation 'Shahak is a very brave man who should be honored for his services to humanity ... One of the most remarkable individuals in the contemporary Middle East.' Edward Said 'Shahak subjects the whole history of Orthodoxy ... to a hilarious and scrupulous critique.' --Christopher Hitchens '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 'Dr Shahak's courage in speaking out against the very foundations of the state of Israel, and his kindly, humane personality, have won him influential friends.' --Al Hayat 'Deserves a wide readership, not only among Jews, but among Christians who seek a fuller understanding both of historical Judaism and of modern-day Israel.' --Catholic New Times 'His message gets to the heart of U.S.-Israeli relations. It is not only Jews who should read Jewish History, Jewish Religion, but Christians as well.' --Middle East Policy
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About Israel Shahak

Saadia Toor is Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.
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