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Christopher HitchensSubjects the whole history of Orthodoxy ... to a hilarious and scrupulous critique.
'The future of the Palestinian people would have looked much brighter if there had been more Israelis like Shahak ... An outstanding personality.' The Jerusalem Times 'Dr Shahak's courage in speaking out against the very foundations of the state of Israel, and his kindly, humane personality, have won him influential friends.' —Al Hayat
'Deserves a wide readership, not only among Jews, but among Christians who seek a fuller understanding both of historical Judaism and of modern-day Israel.’ —Catholic New Times
‘His message gets to the heart of U.S.-Israeli relations. It is not only Jews who should read Jewish History, Jewish Religion, but Christians as well.’ —Middle East Policy
|1||A Closed Utopia?||1|
|2||Prejudice and Prevarication||14|
|3||Orthodoxy and Interpretation||32|
|4||The Weight of History||50|
|5||The Laws against Non-Jews||75|
|Notes and References||104|
Posted July 25, 2000
I highly recommend reading the book ¿Jewish history, Jewish Religion¿. Its author, Israel Shahak, a professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, engages in deep introspection about Jewish religion and practices. He seems deeply toubled by the rigidity, and intolerance of Jewish religion. Shahak quotes from the Talmud and points out a pervasive Jewish racism and haughtiness toward non-Jews. He believes that anti-semitism may have its roots in this historic Jewish mindset. Shahak also points out a wide-spread practice of deception and double-speak. In writing this book, he hopes that other Jews will engage in similar introspection to estabish a more harmonious relationship with Goyims.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.