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I am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl
When Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was brutally murdered in Pakistan, many Jews were particularly touched by his last words affirming his Jewish identity. Many were moved to reflect on or analyze their feelings toward their lives as Jews. The saying ?two Jews, three opinions? well reflects the Jewish community's broad range of views on any topic. I Am Jewish ca ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Jewish Lights Publishing
(first published January 1st 2004)
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I just picked this up at the Library today. At least 100 prominent Jews are talking about what it means to them to be Jewish. (Larry King, Richard Dreyfuss, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, etc) It covers, Identity, Heritage, Covenant-Chosenness and Faith, Humanity and Thenicity,TIKKUN OLAM (Repairing the World) and Justice --Milton Friedman says: My Jewish origin has always been a source of pride. I share in and benefit from a deep and brilliant stream of culture and intellectual activity that has flowed f ...more
My heart aches for the family of Daniel Pearl and the brutal and senseless way he was murdered. That said, this book did not move me. While Daniel Pearl died a Jew, he really didn't live as a Jew. I felt most of the essays (with some exceptions) were in that vein - cultural Jews with a loose affiliation. I was truly horrified by Larry King's essay, in particular. It got repetitive, too.