Letters to an American Jewish Friend: a Zionist's Polemic

Letters to an American Jewish Friend: a Zionist's Polemic

by Hillel Halkin


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Hillel Halkin is an American-born Jew who has cast his personal and historical lot with Israel. The imaginary American Jewish friend to whom Halkin directs his onrush of argument is an equally committed young Jew who, however, upholds the possibility of a viable Jewish life outside of Israel. He has just returned to the United states after his second visit to Israel and written a letter of his impressions, which triggers the present correspondence. The two friends argue about Zionism, Israel, Jewish history and culture, the nature of Jewishness. As the gauntlet is flung back and forth, Halkin elaborates his case that Jewish history and Israeli history are two lines in the process of converging, so that for all practical purposes the struggle for Jewish survival and the struggle for Israel are the same; and that any Jew who chooses, in the absence of extenuating circumstances, not to live in Israel is removing himself to the peripheries of the struggle for Jewish survival and away from the center of Jewish history. Either/or...sooner or later, today or tomorrow, you will have to decide, Halkin concludes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789652296306
Publisher: Gefen Publishing House
Publication date: 11/15/2013
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Hillel Halkin was born in New York City in 1939, and made aliya to Israel in 1970. An accomplished translator, journalist, and writer, Halkin has authored five books in addition to Letters To An American Jewish Friend.

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"... decades later stands as one of the smartest, sharpest explorations of the delicate relationship between the committed Diaspora Jew and the Aliyah-making Zionist. I am thrilled to welcome this classic - with a compelling, inspiring new introduction by the author. The issues are remarkably relevant, the writing remains fluid, the passion infectious, the insights profound. New generations of readers will be inspired by this - and older generations of readers will eagerly greet this new edition like an old - and long yearned for - friend."

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