By Jerold S. Auerbach
What binds jointly Jews of Israel and the USA? Amid the wish and frustration generated through the center East peace method, the which means of Jewish statehood is extra vigorously contested than ever ahead of. a mundane democratic Israel, conscious of Western liberal values, is ready to make peace with the Palestinians through sacrificing its personal historical fatherland. yet a covenantal Israel, which attracts its Jewish identification from divine promise and the biblical narrative, refuses to give up to trendy imperatives. because the very nature of Jewish statehood has turn into ever extra polarized, American Jewish lifestyles has been profoundly plagued by this fateful Zionist contradiction.
In Are We One? Jerold S. Auerbach provides a shocking new interpretation of this modern Jewish trouble. the fashionable Jewish impulse to embody Western values, he writes, exacts a bad rate. He bargains a severe reassessment of Zionism, a hard research of the resources of the id of yankee Jews with Israel—and a dismal diagnosis of the way forward for Jewish existence, either in Israel and the United States.
In a ringing indictment that's absolute to spark controversy, he states that the passion of secular Israelis to import American tradition displays their sweeping rejection of Jewish and Zionist values. certainly, the diminishing variety of Israelis who really stay devoted to Jewish spiritual and ancient imperatives are denigrated as fundamentalist zealots through Israeli and American Jews alike. Present-day Israel now shows such Jewish self-loathing, he states, that it has depleted its personal skill to motivate international Jewry.
In a groundbreaking publication that pulls upon unique ancient research and large own adventure in Israel, Auerbach invitations readers to think about the debilitating outcomes of an adulterated Jewish identification in Israel and within the usa for the very way forward for Judaism.
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Are We One?: Jewish Identity in the United States and Israel by Jerold S. Auerbach