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Jews :the essence and character of a peopleby Arthur Hertzberg
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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:
This book offers a new and startling perspective on how Jews relate to people of other traditions while also defining the challenge, responsibility, and essence of being a Jew in our time. Jews: The Essence and Character of a People defies the conventional view of Jews that has prevailed for centuries and presents a compelling and realistic portrait of contemporary Jews. This important book is sure to stimulate passionate debate among both Jews and non-Jews.
The most groundbreaking, provocative book on Jewish identity to come along in decades. Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, a visionary and influential leader in the Jewish community, and Aron Hirt-Manheimer, editor of Reform Judaism, get to the heart of the matter: What makes a Jew a Jew?
There is an Essential Jewish Identity. Jews — Despite divergent cultures, politics, and even beliefs — share a collective character. So argue Arthur Hertzberg and Aron Hirt-Manheimer in this bold and myth-shattering examination of the events and beliefs that define the Jewish character.
Together the authors bravely launch a series of radical arguments, including
Essential reading for Jews and non-Jews alike, Hertzberg and Hirt-Manheimer deliver an unblinking contribution to a dialogue not only about faith, but also about the challenge, responsibility, and essence of being a Jew.
About the Author
Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, author of The Zionist Idea, Jewish Polemics, The Jews in America, Jews, and A Jew in America, is the Bronfman Visiting Professor of Humanities at New York University and Professor Emeritus of Religion at Dartmouth. A world-renowned Jewish scholar, he has served as president of the American Jewish Policy Foundation and the American Jewish Congress and as vice-president of the World Jewish Congress.
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