Jewish History, Jewish Religion the Weight of Three Thousand Years (New Edition)

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Israel Shahak was a remarkable man. Born in the Warsaw ghetto and a survivor of Belsen, Shahak arrived in Israel in 1945. Brought up under Jewish Orthodoxy and Hebrew culture, he consistently opposed the expansion of the borders of Israel from 1967.

In this extraordinary and highly acclaimed book, 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. Drawing...

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Overview

Israel Shahak was a remarkable man. Born in the Warsaw ghetto and a survivor of Belsen, Shahak arrived in Israel in 1945. Brought up under Jewish Orthodoxy and Hebrew culture, he consistently opposed the expansion of the borders of Israel from 1967.

In this extraordinary and highly acclaimed book, 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. Drawing on the Talmud and rabbinical laws, Shahak argues that the roots of Jewish chauvinism and religious fanaticism must be understood before it is too late.

Written from a humanitarian viewpoint by a Jewish scholar, this is a rare and highly controversial criticism of Israel that will both excite and disturb readers worldwide.

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'Shahak subjects the whole history of Orthodoxy ... to a hilarious and scrupulous critique.' —Christopher Hitchens, The Nation

'The voice of reason is alive and well, and in Israel, of all places. Shahak is the latest - if not the last - of the great prophets.’ —Gore Vidal

'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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745328409
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Get Political Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition, New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,014,712
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Israel Shahak was a resident of the Warsaw Ghetto and a survivor of Bergen-Belsen. He arrived in Palestine in 1945 and lived there until his death in 2001. He was an outspoken critic of the state of Israel and a human rights activist. He was also the author of the highly acclaimed Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (Pluto, 1999) and Jewish History, Jewish Religion (Pluto, 1994).
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the first edition by Gore Vidal
Foreword to the 1997 edition by Edward Said
Foreword to the 2002 edition by Norton Mezvinsky
Foreword to the new edition by Ilan Pappe
1. The Consequences of Ethnic Cleansing
2. The Jewish Religion and its attitude to non-Jews part 1
3. The Jewish Religion and its attitude to non-Jews part 2
4. Conclusions
Notes
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    Shahak says what is normally censored

    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.

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