Wrestling in the Daylight is an insightful conversation on Zionism initiated by Rabbi Brant Rosen, a prominent Jewish activist from Chicago, on his social-justice blog Shalom Rav. After Israel’s brutal military attack on Gaza in 2008-2009, Rosen began to question his lifelong Zionist beliefs. Unlike the biblical Jacob, who wrestled with his conscience in the dark of night, Rosen chose to "wrestle in the daylight" with this issue through many thoughtful essays on his blog. In this selection of content from Shalom Rav, Rosen includes both his own posts and those of his online commenters, granting readers unique insight into the largest controversy facing the American Jewish community today. In the new introduction he has written for this second edition, Rosen updates the story of the “wrestling” that both he and the American Jewish community have undertaken in recent years.
|Publisher:||Just World Books|
|Edition description:||Second Edition, Second edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Brant Rosen is a rabbi, blogger, and social activist based in Chicago, Illinois, where he currently serves as the Midwest Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee. In 2014, Rosen co-founded a social-justice focused Jewish congregation called Tzedek Chicago after many years serving as a congregational rabbi in Evanston, IL.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2017 Edition vii
Preface to the 2012 Edition ix
Chapter 1 In the Wake of Cast Lead 1
Chapter 2 The Dominos Fall 32
Chapter 3 The Jewish Fast for Gaza 67
Chapter 4 The Goldstone Report 77
Chapter 5 Beyond Tribalism 91
Chapter 6 Boycott from Within 117
Chapter 7 Jewish Conscience, Jewish Shame 141
Chapter 8 The Freedom Flotilla and Gaza's Humanitarian Crisis 161
Chapter 9 The Peace Process Is Dead 176
Chapter 10 Toward a New Model of Interfaith Relations 211
Chapter 11 Tzedek Chicago 253
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was one of the highlights of my year. It is honest, provocative, very informative, and very respectful. It takes a difficult issue and opens a conversation almost gracefully. The style used by Rabbi Rosen should be an exemplar for conducting this conversation throughout the Jewish community and the broader community.