A bold proposal for discovering relevance in Judaism and ensuring its survival, from a pioneering social activist, business leader, and fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force
God Is in the Crowd is an original and provocative blueprint for Judaism in the twenty-first century. Presented through the lens of Tal Keinan’s unusual personal story, it a sobering analysis of the threat to Jewish continuity. As the Jewish people has become concentrated in just two hubs—America and Israel—it has lost the subtle code of governance that endowed Judaism with dynamism and relevance in the age of Diaspora. This code, as Keinan explains, is derived from Francis Galton’s “wisdom of crowds,” in which a group’s collective intelligence, memory, and even spirituality can be dramatically different from, and often stronger than, that of any individual member’s. He argues that without this code, this ancient people—and the civilization that it spawned—will soon be extinct. Finally, Keinan puts forward a bold and original plan to rewrite the Jewish code, proposing a new model for Judaism and for community in general.
Keinan was born to a secular Jewish family in Florida. His interest in Judaism was ignited by a Christian minister at his New England prep school and led him down the unlikely path to enlistment in the Israel Air Force. Using his own dramatic experiences as a backdrop, and applying lessons from his life as a business leader and social activist, Keinan takes the reader on a riveting adventure, weaving between past, present, and future, and fusing narrative with theory to demonstrate Judaism’s value to humanity and chart its path into the future.
Advance praise for God Is in the Crowd
“Beautifully written, brilliantly argued, this is a unique contribution to the conversation and a must read for anyone concerned with Jewish continuity.”—Yossi Klein Halevi, author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
“God Is in the Crowd blends social science, economics, religion, and national identity to help us see more clearly who we are as individuals, people, and a society.”—Dan Ariely, author of The Upside of Irrationality
“American, Israeli, entrepreneur, fighter pilot, and investor: Keinan’s diagnosis of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora is provided through the lens of a rich and gripping life story. Keinan’s contribution is indispensable to the debate about the future of the Jewish people.”—Dan Senor, co-author of Start-up Nation
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Should There Be Jews?
1 False Peaks 3
The End of Diaspora 41
2 America: Dying in Our Sleep 45
Who Are We Again? 45
The Math 58
A Note On Sephardic Jewry 61
The Best Way To Die 62
3 The Jewish State 64
The Territorialist Vision 68
The Theocratic Vision 79
The Secularist Vision 90
The Better Deal For A Secularist 112
The Bastard Child 148
The Fourth Israel's Education 152
The Fourth Israel's Economy 155
4 Schism 160
The First Schism: America And Israel 160
The Second Schism: The Secularists 175
5 Boiling Point 185
Part 2 The Code
6 Stones And Spirits 205
One Map, Many Routes 214
Divining The Code 236
7 Commander in Chief 241
Part 3 The Medicine
8 The Wisdom Machine 251
9 The Jewish World Endowment 255
Challenge And Dissent 267
10 The Presidency 275
A Note On Conversion 282
11 Conclusion 288
Appendix: Jewish World Endowment Assumptions 305
Sources Of Income 305
Uses Of Income 306
Discussion Questions 315
Additional Resources 317