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Imagine John Lennon and the Jews: A Philosophical Rampage Paperback – June 19, 2010
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In a very high-energy and very entertaining way, the book basically addresses the question of why, if you're Jewish, you should be Jewish, i.e. make your Jewishness a central and flourishing part of your identity - despite the fact that stressing your affiliation with an ancient tribe (in effect) seems, in this 21st century, to be not merely inconvenient and outdated but even downright irrational. Why be Jewish, after all, when there are so many other wonderful things you can more easily and contemporaneously and more rationally be: modern, progressive, scientific, secular, non-denominational, multicultural, an American, a European (etc.), or maybe a Citizen of the World, or maybe just an individual human being devoid of labels, period? But Maghen is rightly aware that this sort of question - pressing as it clearly is to large parts of the Jewish community - cannot be properly addressed, without ranging rather not only far and wide but also very deep. So off he goes. And off YOU'LL go.Read more ›
He hardly gives any philosopher a free ride - he ridicules, favours and disects each of them with humour and insight - there are so many layers to this book, that it is truly for very long term enjoyment.
And if, like I, you have never really listened to the words of Imagine, I promise that you will be delighted by the book from the beginning. And that it generously provides more and more delights as you continue to read it.
The book's title includes words that may chill the initial enthusiasm and even prevent some careful and shy readers from opening the book. I mean the part where it says: "A Philosophical Rampage". There is no need to be afraid, I swear and promise. It is indeed philosophical, but, as stated, also a rampage, and one that it's a sheer pleasure to participate in. Because (and it's also a promise) participation is practically guaranteed, once you open the book.
It is a rare gift the author of the book is blessed with: the gift of involving the reader, of making him a part of that philosophical endeavor, that exuberant and exhilarating journey through centuries, states, philosophies, beliefs...
Ze'ev Maghen is a master of what Terry Pratchett called "headology". You should be careful too, his first time reader. When it starts to seem to you that the author has all the magic paraphernalia set up for his next conjuring trick and that he is ready to do the trick itself, his thumb and middle finger already coming together for a snap... when you are 100% sure, in short, my dear reader - you should realize that the trick has already happened. About ten or twenty pages ago. Just go back and re-read it...Read more ›