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Being Jewish is a Religion or is it a Culture no it could be a Nation!,
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I have followed the writings of Harvey Pekar for many years. His insights and observations have always been frank and honest. We have seen him as a young man, as a middle age person negotiating the perils of everyday life and also surviving health problems and living to tell how he dealt with them. All of his stories revolved around him walking the streets of Cleveland showing to all the culture and sights of his beloved Western Reserve.
Again Harvey, along with the talented artwork of JT Waldman goes back in time to show to all how Harvey grew up as a Jew on the Eastside of Cleveland. He shows his religious father who instills to Harvey the virtues of being Jewish. On the other hand Harvey's mother although Jewish is not a religious person whose main concern is the politics of Communism. All is graphically displayed as we see a young boy become a man living in the Jewish section of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
It is here that Harvey along with the talents of Mr. Waldman tells the story of the Jewish people. How as a religious people who became ostracized and persecuted throughout the centuries. He tells the stories of the Jewish migration to Spain and onto Eastern Europe. In doing this Mr. Pekar gives me an education as to how the Jewish people evolved over the centuries to become the people they are today. In fact Harvey shows to all that his allegiances are not motivated by blind followings. Mr. Pekar is a thoughtful and open minded person who may have been raised Jewish but in reality is a man for all the people. His assessment that the Jewish state of Israel is a nation that was formed with the help of Great Britain and that the land was actually taken away from the Arabs is something Harvey thinks will always be the basis of eternal conflict. Harvey's rationale is simple and very correct. Even the very founding fathers of Israel acknowledge what Mr. Pekar has so eloquently brought forth in this book.
Again Harvey weaves the story of the Jewish people and brings forth his arguments as he travels from the Westside of Cleveland to the Eastside. As always we learn of the Jewish story as Harvey cruises his favorite haunts of his beloved Cleveland. I truly will miss this man who as an expatriate of Cleveland always found home in his simple and good commentaries on life on the shores of Lake Erie. This is a fitting final book done by a good and I might add a talented man.
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Initial post: Oct 15, 2012 8:10:01 PM PDT
James Robert Smith says:
Well said. Harvey was a human being foremost.
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