Synopses & Reviews
Drawing on the Talmud and rabbinical laws,Israel 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.
In this work, 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.
'Shahak subjects the whole history of Orthodoxy ... to a hilarious and scrupulous critique.' --Christopher Hitchens, The Nation
Table of Contents
New Introduction by Norton Mezvinsky
Forewords by Gore Vidal and by Edward Said
1. The Consequences of Ethnic Cleansing
2. The Jewish Religion and its attitude to non-Jews part 1
The Social Structure and Major Features of Classical Judaism
The Muslim World
The Zionist Reform
Confronting the Past
3. The Jewish Religion and its attitude to non-Jews part 2