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I am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl

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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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Beth
Jun 29, 2008 Beth rated it it was amazing
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
Samuel Rood
Jun 10, 2013 Samuel Rood rated it really liked it
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A variety of perspectives and essays on what it means to be Jewish. A good way to see how Jews understand themselves.
Jody
Nov 18, 2015 Jody rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, moving, insightful book!
Jason
Oct 09, 2012 Jason rated it did not like it
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.
Dan
Aug 06, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
Some great essays (and some awful ones). Overall, a worthwhile read. Judea Pearl's introduction is fantastic.
Dana
Oct 13, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it
Although I haven't read this book cover to cover, I'm moving it from my "reading" section to my "read" list. I've read most of the essays, skipping around, and think that this is a really nice book to have.
Devorah
Sep 16, 2011 Devorah rated it liked it
Shelves: judaica
Some of the essays are wonderful. Others just seem to have been mandated by someone's agent and barely reflect any Jewish identity or knowledge.
Whitney
Oct 18, 2010 Whitney rated it liked it
Interesting, good concept, repetative at the end.
James
Feb 16, 2013 James rated it really liked it
Uneven collection of essays but a must read
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