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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; 1 edition (December 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589803833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589803831
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a must read for all Jews." --Dr. Laura Schlessinger

"Persuasive, important, and politically incorrect." --Michael Medved

"The basic beliefs of Judaism are one thing; the way Jews vote is very different. Jews and Judaism prosper in a world of economic and human freedom. The Jews in the United States overwhelmingly vote for measures designed to limit economic and human freedom. Mr. Sternberg gives an extraordinarily clear and simple analysis of this situation and urges Jews to re-examine their voting position." --Milton Friedman

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"Timely, convincing, and sharply argued." -Paul Johnson, historian and author of Modem Times and A History of the Jews "This is a must read for all Jews." -Dr. Laura Schlessinger, coauthor, The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God's Laws in Everyday Life "Persuasive, important, and politically incorrect." -Michael Medved, author, Right Turns: Unconventional Lessons from a Controversial Life "The basic beliefs of Judaism are one thing; the way Jews vote is very different. Jews and Judaism prosper in a world of economic and human freedom. The Jews in the United States overwhelmingly vote for measures designed to limit economic and human freedom. Mr. Sternberg gives an extraordinarily clear and simple analysis of this situation and urges Jews to re-examine their voting position." -Dr. Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel laureate, author, Capitalism and Freedom This book makes a powerful argument that the principles of Judaism, its laws, traditions, and commandments, are at odds with the realities of liberalism today. Modern liberalism, with its reliance on the powers of government to solve all of society's problems, its downgrading of the importance of morality and ethics, and its insistence that people are not really responsible for their own actions, is a distinct departure from traditional Jewish teachings. Larry F. Sternberg chronicles how President Roosevelt invoked the Jewish tradition of charity to woo Jews to the liberal cause during the Great Depression. The author then uses verses from the Bible and the Talmud, as well as documented historical evidence, to prove that Jews are better served by America's conservative leadership, despite his coreligionists' almost unanimous support of liberal politicians. Topics discussed include government interference, gun control, abortion, affirmative action, and healthcare. Larry F. Sternberg served in the United States Navy and received bachelor's degrees in accounting and business from the University of California at Los Angeles before beginning his career as a certified public accountant and an accounting executive. An active member of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Mr. Sternberg currently resides in Santa Ana, California.

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The book was very informative and well written.
Michael J. Macho
As the author points out, Jews tend to be more ambitious, educated, intelligent, and impatiently active in seeking good for the larger community.
David R Duringer
I know many Jews who are not liberals and who present a more comprehensive explanation of their opinion.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By David R Duringer on December 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Though the author wrote this book primarily for fellow Jews, I heartily recommend it for non-Jews as well. I am a non-Jew (as far as I know), raised Catholic and now more of a simple deist, but thankful for the Judeo-Christian traditions that are so important in preserving freedom (as this book well documents). As the author points out, Jews tend to be more ambitious, educated, intelligent, and impatiently active in seeking good for the larger community. I have found it frustrating that such capable and influential people, whom I do believe God chose to lead us all to freedom and redemption through ethical monotheism, who are so clearly intelligent and accomplished in other areas, can be such crackpots when it comes to policy and political philosophy. As the author explains, instead of leading us to God, they (or their self-appointed leaders) have in recent times been leading us toward the State as god, toward socialism and Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, who, when their great plans didn't work and they needed a scapegoat, ended up persecuting the very Jews who supported them. This book helps explain how Jews in this country were historically conservative, how FDR won them over by pushing the right buttons politically, and how they might be won back by explaining to younger Jews how central freedom is to Judaism. If Jewish congregations were less hostile to conservative/libertarian sentiments, and if Jews were a bit more evangelical and let us on the outside know more about them, as the author does with this book, I think there would be a great many converts to and increased respect for Judaism, and in the absence of conversion, deeper friendship.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Chuck DeVore on July 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
First, I must confess, I've been acquainted with the author since 1988 when I met him through mutual political interests. That being said, Mr. Sternberg is a class act - honest, forthright, devoted husband and father, military veteran, deep thinker, hard worker - and someone who embraces his faith, Judaism, with fullness of mind and heart. The latter quality, of course, is what inspired Mr. Sternberg to labor away at writing his tome as a sort of lifetime rebuttal to many of his coreligionists - and what a treat for us all his effort is.

Mr. Sternberg's central premise is that the Jewish people in America should not be political liberals because modern liberalism runs counter to the core of the traditional teachings of the faith (one can make a similar argument about Christianity - but in America, cultural Christians, i.e., the body of Christians who actively worship as well as those who don't, are split fairly evenly between political liberals and conservatives). Further, that freedom is the most important requirement for the Jewish faith to flourish - specifically, freedom from large, all-powerful government. The author's most poignant paragraph on the issue appears on page 187:

"Beyond all of this there must be the realization that socialism, and its twin liberalism, by granting more and more power to the state, by looking to the state to solve all of our social, economic, and even personal problems, in effect makes the state the "God" whom all should worship. By elevating the state to this supreme position, socialism or liberalism by definition, does thereby demote the eternal and One God, to an inferior position. In so doing these philosophies defy the Second Commandment, when God thundered to Moses and the Israelites on Mt.
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By cooperkat10 on June 3, 2014
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The author presents his subject clearly, but incomplete. The writing is too one-sided to really sway opinion. Would have preferred a more balanced approach. I know many Jews who are not liberals and who present a more comprehensive explanation of their opinion.
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By cf7 on October 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Great Book!I think it would be advisable for everyone to get a copy of this informative book. Christians & Jews would do well to purchase.
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