Why the Jews?: The Reason for Antisemitism

Why the Jews?: The Reason for Antisemitism

by Dennis Prager, Joseph Telushkin
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In this historical review of anti-semitism throughout the ages, the authors' central thesis is that anti-semitism does not arise from political, social or economic factors; rather it results from the fact that Jewish people are Jewish and are thus different from the societies in which they have lived. In order to make this case, the authors take the reader from pagan antiquity to Christianity and Islam throughout the ages, socialism, fascism, Nazism and up through the anti-Israeli rhetoric that anti-semites use to disguise their hatred of the Jews. While the authors do not delve deeply into the faults and shortcomings of the Jewish state (although they acknowledge that there are some) they can be forgiven because that is not their purpose. Rather their purpose is to expose anti-semitism for what it is by carefully and analytically eliminating alternative explanations for hatred and violence agaist Jews. Most notable is the book's illustration of how the left's condemnation of Israel goes against every other value that the left claims to stand for. The book is also valauable for the historical overview it provides, separate and apart from its polemic goals. Finally, the authors deserve praise because they conclude with some recommendations for how to address the problem of anti-semitism, and are thus not content with simply 'complaining' about it. This is a must read for people interested in combatting prejudice by challenging commonly held beliefs by those on the left and the far right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book seeks to examine the very roots of anti-Semitism, the term used to describe the hatred of the Jews. Many avenues are explored such as why the Jews have been the object of the most enduring and universal hatred directed towards any people group in history. Additionally, the book discusses why the Jewish state of Israel has now become the most despised country in the World today. The inherent hatred of the Jews within some elements of the Church and Islam are also studied, both from a historical perspective and also pertaining to the present day. Sections are also devoted to the anti-Semitism of the Nazi era and how it is also present today in relation to those who support or profess Zionism. A particularly interesting section discusses how much modern day anti-Semitism is hidden beneath a more respectable veneer bearing the anti-Zionist label. One such example given is that on page 172 which quotes from the statement by Shukairy, who was the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation before Yasser Arafat. Shukairy used to openly declare that 'the Jews should be driven into the sea'. The book proceeds to describe that when such a statement no longer became politically expedient or served the Arab cause, the statement was promptly changed to 'the Zionists should be driven into the sea'. Indeed many differing lines of thought are discussed and a variety of issues investigated. This book will certainly make the reader think and contemplate the real roots of this ongoing issue, which is described as being more prevalent now than at any time since the Nazi era. The book however does not address the spiritual aspect behind anti-Semitism which underlies the Christian Gospel message. Something which many may dispute, but which describes the real roots of this hatred as being demonic and which sets itself against the whole Jewish race, the coming & return of the Jewish/Christian Messiah together with the message of redemption to all mankind. A demonic hatred whose end is described in the book of Revelation within the Bible. In addition to this book I would respectfully recommend the books entitled 'Jesus Was A Jew' by Arnold Fruchtenbaum & 'The Anguish Of The Jews; Twenty Three Centuries Of Anti-Semitism' by Edward H. Flannery.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If several individuals have problems with one individual, then, yes, it could be the fault of the person with whom they have a problem. But when you have an entire people being hated, it's highly improbable the whole group is at fault. We're all individuals, each of us responsible for his or her actions. Hating an entire people because you believe they're all evil in some way is simply irrational, and is prejudice pure and simple. I suggest you read the Torah ( five books of Moses) and the rest of the Hebrew Bible so that you know what we really believe.
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qubit More than 1 year ago
If Mary has a problem with you and John has a problem with you and Karl has a problem with you and Lydia has a problem with you and Pablo has a problem with you... maybe YOU are the problem. Maybe Mary and John and Karl and Lydia and Pablo have a good reason for having a problem with you. If you wonder why everyone hates you, take a hard long look in the mirror and ask yourself how your actions and beliefs and words might be the cause of the problem.