The Divided Self: Israel and the Jewish Psyche Today

The Divided Self: Israel and the Jewish Psyche Today

by David J. Goldberg
     
 

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How should Jews respond to an age of militant Zionism and resurgent anti-Semitism? Is insisting on a separate sense of identity anachronistic and dangerous, or is it the only way of preserving the Jewish cultural heritage?

Rabbi David Goldberg, one of today’s most respected and outspoken Jewish leaders in the English-speaking world, here grapples with the

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How should Jews respond to an age of militant Zionism and resurgent anti-Semitism? Is insisting on a separate sense of identity anachronistic and dangerous, or is it the only way of preserving the Jewish cultural heritage?

Rabbi David Goldberg, one of today’s most respected and outspoken Jewish leaders in the English-speaking world, here grapples with the dilemmas of contemporary Jewishness with characteristic candour, and sketches the emerging faultlines in the Jewish sense of identity. He offers up a completely fresh reading of Jewish history, arguing that the narrative of relentless woe and suffering, popularized by nineteenth-century writers such as George Eliot, was based on a highly selective reading of the past. Goldberg retraces the history of the Jews, and rejects the mythology of eternal victimhood. Instead, he focuses on the survival strategies that have been pursued throughout the centuries. He contrasts the pragmatic flexibility of the Jewish Diaspora with the military assertiveness of modern Israel. With wit, insight and compassion he highlights the growing gulf between Israeli and Diaspora Jewishness and argues that Israeli and Diaspora Jews are in danger of becoming divided by a common heritage. This book will stimulate, engage and provoke readers of all beliefs and cultures.

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From the Publisher

"All those who care about the present and future of the Jewish people should welcome this book."
-- Jonathan Freedland, journalist and contributor to The Jewish Chronicle

"David Goldberg's vivid, provocative and witty book should be required reading for anyone who cares about the future of the Jewish people, and the peace of the Middle East." -- Max Hastings, British journalist, editor, historian, and author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848856745
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

David J. Goldberg OBE is Rabbi Emeritus of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, having served Europe's largest Progressive congregation for nearly thirty years. Well-known for his longtime involvement in Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives and pioneering activity in the field of interfaith dialogue, he is a regular media commentator on Jewish and Middle Eastern issues. He is the author of an acclaimed study of Zionism, To the Promised Land: A History of Zionist Thought.

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