Israel and Palestine - Out of the Ashes: The Search for Jewish Identity in the Twenty-First Century

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Overview

As the world watches with horror the unfolding events in Palestine and Israel, Marc Ellis, a Jewish American scholar, examines what he sees as a crisis point in Jewish identity. In this book, Ellis offers a vision of Judaism that testifies to an ethical life in our era, based on the principles of justice and community upon which the Jewish faith was founded. Only by addressing the way in which those original principles are being squandered by a miltarized state of Israel and a complicit Jewish establishment in America, he argues, can there be hope for peace in the future. Israel and Palestine: Out of the Ashes is a deeply personal, philosophical account of contemporary Jewish identity. Looking beyond the legacy of the Holocaust and beyond the portrayal of Jews as either victims or persecutors, Ellis forges a new vision of what it means to be Jewish today.

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Editorial Reviews

Noam Chomsky
Marc Ellis has demonstrated great courage, integrity, and insight in the very important work he has been doing for years. It has been an inspiration for all of us.
Edward Said
Marc Ellis is a brilliant writer, a deeply thoughtful and courageous mind.
Desmond Tutu
[Ellis provides] a vital contribution to solving one of the few remaining intractable problems of our time.
John Gladwin
Marc Ellis stands in a deeply honoured and disturbing Jewish tradition of prophetic thought and action. This is a profoundly religious book and we ignore it at our peril.
From the Publisher
"Marc Ellis is a brilliant writer, a deeply thoughtful and courageous mind." —Edward Said

"[Ellis provides] a vital contribution to solving one of the few remaining intractable problems of our time." Archbishop Desmond Tutu "Marc Ellis has demonstrated great courage, integrity, and insight in the very important work he has been doing for years. It has been an inspiration for all of us." —Noam Chomsky

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745319575
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 10/20/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc H. Ellis is University Professor of American and Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University, Texas. He has authored 10 books and three collections of essays, including "O Jerusalem: The Contested Future of the Jewish Covenant," 1999. and the book, "Practicing Exile: The Religious Odyssey of an American Jew" published in 2001. Dr. Ellis has won numerous awards and recognitions. From 1995 to 1998, he was a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions and a visiting scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Respondents to his work included theologians Richard Rubenstein, Rosemary Ruether, Mahmoud Ayoub, Naim Ateek and Dwight Hopkins. In 2001, Dr. Ellis joined the editorial board of the Jewish progressive journal "Tikkun."

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: A Bully in Christchurch 1
1 Jewish Memory in the Post-Holocaust Era 15
2 Innocence, Settlers and State Policy 53
3 The Prophetic in the Post-Holocaust Era 94
4 A Jewish Witness in Exile 141
Epilogue: Out of the Ashes 172
Notes 183
Index 190
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