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Top Customer Reviews
The first part of international understanding is understanding oneself and this book does a great job at this.
This seemed to me to be a very positive means of celebrating his life. I thought the stories were interesting and felt it did what it set out to do.
Pearl's last words ' My father is a Jew. My mother is a Jew . I am a Jew' are as I understand it a courageous affirmation of his own identity and connection with his people. It connects with generations of Jewish martyrs who died on ' Kiddush Hashem' crying out as their last words the Jewish declaration of faith in G-d, " Shema Yisrael"
The book itself consists in around one- hundred and fifty personal statements by largely well- known Jews about what being Jewish means to them. The selection to my taste is a little slanted to the ' left and to the Diaspora' and should in my opinion have had more Israelis, and more with a strong religious identity. There are a few who I would not have included. But on the whole the selection is varied, interesting and provides a great deal of meaningful thought. I especially was touched by the words of Kerri Strug the courageous Olympic gymnast but there are many other inspiring accounts also.
This is an important book for anyone who wishes to see the collective face of the Jewish people at this time.
My one complaint is that the spectrum of Jews selected largely neglect the voices of Jews of color, who deal with yet a different set of issues in claiming their Jewishness every day.
I read the critical review from the person from Montreal who seems to have more irrelevant opinions than appropriate comments. I have to wonder how anyone who actually saw the book and read what it was intended to achieve can write such a silly review. Amazon should screen things to make sure that they are relevant. If the title wasn't "I Am Jewish" then what would be the point of the book and its relevance to Mr. Pearl's tragic murder? How could it be "Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl"? And if the contributors were not all Jews, how could they speak about being Jewish personally? If someone wants to know what non-Jews think about people being Jewish, then go do a different book. This one does what it intended to do wonderfully and will be a classic for adults and youngsters, Jews and non-Jews, alike. Congratulations to the editors and publisher!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting to read what being Jewish means to different people, famous, not famous and even childrenPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not exactly what I expected, but a good book of insights from varied people.Published 18 months ago by Pamela E. Hubbard
A very beautiful book based on the writings and life of Daniel Pearl. It arrived in excellent condition - not a blemish on it. Highly recommend seller.Published on January 18, 2014 by Karen LaMountain
A book that has to be read by all, not just those that are Jewisb A book that I have read and reread many times.Published on January 1, 2014 by Jerry M.
I love this book. It's so easy to read and gives you a new insight of different ways to be a Jew and to be proud to be one.Published on November 28, 2013 by B. Friedman
It's amazing how the many people have such different views of being Jewish. I bought this book for my granddaughter, who is enjoying this book as well.Published on May 7, 2013 by flora steinman
I agree with a previous reviewer. A better book could have been written for Daniel Pearl. This one is merely a poorly edited series of magazine articles.Published on February 18, 2013 by L.I. LINDA