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Judaism Does Not Equal Israel: The Rebirth of the Jewish Prophetic Hardcover – March 31, 2009

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Ellis, a prominent Jewish intellectual, writes a provocative book that is likely to outrage many Jews as well as Gentile supporters of Israel, but it must be seriously considered. Most “Jewish” criticism of Israel comes either from nominal Jews with little attachment to the Jewish community, or from ultra-Orthodox Jews who feel only the Messiah can restore the Jewish state. But Ellis fits neither description, and many of his assertions are likely to strike nerves. He convincingly asserts that post-Holocaust Jews are united less by language or religious tradition than by their attachment to the survival of the state of Israel. In the process, he maintains, Jews have abandoned their prophetic mission and replaced it with support for a military state that oppresses Palestinians. He urges Jews to consider separating their Jewish identity from Israel. Ellis paints with too broad a brush, since many staunch supporters of Israel’s existence criticize particular policies of the Israeli government. Many of his criticisms of the Israeli government are simplistic and one-sided. Still, this is a strongly argued work that should and probably will be heatedly debated. --Jay Freeman

About the Author

Marc H. Ellis is a leading authority on contemporary Judaism and is widely recognized as one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of his generation. A University Professor of American and Jewish Studies and the founding director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University, he is the author of fifteen books and has written articles published in the International Herald Tribune, Christian Century, and Ha’aretz. Ellis regularly provides commentary and analysis on NPR and the BBC and has been inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College. He lives in Waco, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Series: Does Not Equal
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595584250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595584250
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,210,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marc Ellis's preposterous claims are easy nutrition for those who would deny Jews the same nationhood as every other people, namely the ignorant and antisemites. Judaism was born in Israel, developed and matured in Judea and Samaria. To make a claim that Israel is not integral to Judaism particularly after a thousand years of militant Islamic hatred of Jews and two thousand years of Christian-authored antisemitism is to deny Jews the right to security and to a land that defines Jewish culture and values.

Ellis is the Capo in the Holocaust who could beat Jews to death and still claim that he was circumcised. His premise is hateful and self-hating. To deny Israel is to deny a nation that has saved Sephardic Jews from the hatred of their Arabic countries, Soviet Jews from the gulag and Ethiopian Jews from death and destruction.
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Just because it houses Jerusalem and is the world's only Jewish state does not mean Jews should support it without question. "Judaism Does Not Equal Israel" is an attack on the current policies of Israel, from a source that isn't usually listed as one of its opponents - political critic Marc H. Ellis, himself a Jewish man. Claiming that Israel has strayed from Jewish principles in favor of Holocaust victimization and cruelty to Palestinians, "Judaism Does Not Equal Israel" is a frank and blunt volume that reflects what many American Jews feel about their so-called homeland, and a top pick for community library collections on current Jewish issues.
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It is one of the most fascinating treatments of Judaism in relation to the state of Israel I've seen. I'm not Jewish, but have tried to be informed about Judaism and have a great interest in the conflict in Israel/Palestine. I would love to find out what Jewish people think about it.
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