The Genius of Judaism

The Genius of Judaism

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The Genius of Judaism is a breathtaking new vision and understanding of what it means to be a Jew, a vision quite different from the one we’re used to. It is rooted in the Talmudic traditions of argument and conflict, rather than biblical commandments, borne out in struggle and study, not in blind observance. At the very heart of the matter is an obligation to the other, to the dispossessed, and to the forgotten, an obligation that, as Lévy vividly recounts, he has sought to embody over decades of championing (3z(Blost causes,(3y (Bfrom Bosnia to Africa’s forgotten wars, from Libya to the Kurdish Peshmerga’s desperate fight against the Islamic State, a battle raging as we speak. Lévy offers a fresh, surprising critique of a new and stealthy form of anti-Semitism on the rise as well as a provocative defense of Israel from the left. He reveals the overlooked Jewish roots of Western democratic ideals and confronts the current Islamist threat while intellectually dismantling it. Jews are not a (3z(Bchosen people,(3y (BLévy explains, but a (3z(Btreasure(3y (Bwhose spirit must continue to inform moral thinking and courage today.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2017
Edition: 2017 Random House trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780812982510
0812982517
Characteristics: xiv, 240 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Kennedy, Steven 1952-- Translator

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