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Taking in everything from the Kingdom of David to the Oslo Accords, Ruth Wisse offers a radical new way to think about the Jewish relationship to power. Traditional Jews believed that upholding the covenant with God constituted a treaty with the most powerful force in the universe; this later transformed itself into a belief that, unburdened by a military, Jews could pursue their religious mission on a purely moral plain. Wisse, an eminent professor of comparative literature at Harvard, demonstrates how Jewish political weakness both increased Jewish vulnerability to scapegoating and violence, and unwittingly goaded power-seeking nations to cast Jews as perpetual targets.

Although she sees hope in the State of Israel, Wisse questions the way the strategies of the Diaspora continue to drive the Jewish state, echoing Abba Eban's observation that Israel was the only nation to win a war and then sue for peace. And then she draws a persuasive parallel to the United States today, as it struggles to figure out how a liberal democracy can face off against enemies who view Western morality as weakness. This deeply provocative book is sure to stir debate both inside and outside the Jewish world. Wisse's narrative offers a compelling argument that is rich with history and bristling with contemporary urgency.

Synopsis:

Spanning the history of Judaism, from the kingdom of David to the Oslo Accords, an eminent scholar argues that the Jewish people have been corrupted by powerlessness and their role as perpetual victims and addresses concerns that the strategies of the Diaspora continue to shape the Jewish state. 25,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Ruth R. Wisse is Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Born in Czernowitz (now part of Ukraine) and raised in Montreal, she was the first professor to offer courses in Yiddish literature at McGill University, where she helped found the Department of Jewish Studies in the late 1960s. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Pt. 1: The great experiment — Pt. 2: Unanticipated consequences of emancipation — Pt. 3: Return to Zion.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307533135
Publisher:
Nextbook
Subject:
Religion : Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - General
Author:
Wisse, Ruth R.
Subject:
Religion : Judaism - History
Subject:
History : Jewish - General
Subject:
Political Science : History & Theory - General
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Jews -- Identity.
Subject:
Zionism
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070828
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
231

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Product details 231 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307533135 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Spanning the history of Judaism, from the kingdom of David to the Oslo Accords, an eminent scholar argues that the Jewish people have been corrupted by powerlessness and their role as perpetual victims and addresses concerns that the strategies of the Diaspora continue to shape the Jewish state. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Ruth R. Wisse is Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Born in Czernowitz (now part of Ukraine) and raised in Montreal, she was the first professor to offer courses in Yiddish literature at McGill University, where she helped found the Department of Jewish Studies in the late 1960s. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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