The Jewish War: A Novel

The Jewish War: A Novel

by Tova Reich
     
 

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It is sometime in the near future, and the Israeli Army is about to descend upon a band of militant settlers who have proclaimed the secessionist Kingdom of Judea and Samaria. So begins this timely and brilliantly satiric novel - an all-too-real story of a modern-day Masada. The Jewish War is most particularly the story of Yehudi HaGoel (formerly Jerry Goldberg of the… See more details below

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It is sometime in the near future, and the Israeli Army is about to descend upon a band of militant settlers who have proclaimed the secessionist Kingdom of Judea and Samaria. So begins this timely and brilliantly satiric novel - an all-too-real story of a modern-day Masada. The Jewish War is most particularly the story of Yehudi HaGoel (formerly Jerry Goldberg of the Bronx), the fiery and charismatic king of an extreme Zionist sect. His divine mission: to hasten the coming of the Messiah and bring about the redemption. As we follow him from his youth in New York City and the Catskills to his hilarious, illicit passage to Israel during the Six-Day War and through his campaign to claim the sacred city of Hebron (the burial place of the Jewish Patriarchs and Matriarchs), we enter into a complex and troubled world rife with ancient passions. It is a world peopled with irreconcilables: religious Zionists, ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionists, Christian fundamentalists, Arab nationalists, secular Israelis, American supporters, and implacable military officers.

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Jewish Book World
Yehudi HaGoel -- formerly Jerry Goldberg of the Bronx -- and self-proclaimed king of the Secessionist Kingdom of Judea and Samaria, along with a coterie of wives and followers takes on the Israeli army in his mission to claim the sacred city of Hebron. The satiric pen of author Reich is sharp as it depicts extremists, Zionists and anti-Zionists, secular Israelis, American supporters and Christian fundamentalists in a comic vision of a possible reenactment of Massada, which has less-than-funny vibrations.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is an outrageously funny, wickedly irreverent, deadly serious satire on religious extremism. Reich follows messianic, opportunistic, polygamous Jerry Goldberg in his metamorphosis from Bronx social worker and Catskills camp counselor into Yehudi HaGoel, terrorist leader of a band of American Jewish zealots who establish a short-lived secessionist kingdom on Israel's West Bank. Joining Jerry/Yehudi in this doomed quest are his three wives (a Barnard-educated English literature scholar, a mail-order swindler and a conflicted divorce); Jerry's trusted comrade, Herbie Levy (Hoshea HaLevi) of Brooklyn; and fellow Uzi-toting fanatics willing to die for their cause. Swinging from broad farce to tragic confrontation, Reich (Mara; Master of the Return) peoples her canvas with assorted ideologues, among them Chuck Buck, fast-talking evangelical preacher who joins forces with Yehudi to further his goal of building a Christian theme park on Jerusalem's Temple Mount. Meanwhile, Buck's sister Pam kidnaps boys to swell the ranks of The Messiah-Waiters, an ultraorthodox, anti-Zionist movement, and is romantically pursued by an old Arab sheikh, Abu Salman, who's obeying a vision to marry her in order to produce a child. Reich writes with chutzpah, wild humor and real insight in this probing exploration of the cult mentality and messianic nationalism. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815604525
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
Library of Modern Jewish Literature
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.66(d)

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