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Why the Jews?

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From the bestselling authors of The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, a compelling discussion of the dangerous rise in antisemitism during the twenty-first century.

The very word Jew continues to arouse passions as does no other religious, national, or political name. Why have Jews been the object of the most enduring and universal hatred in history? Why did Hitler c
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 12th 2003 by Touchstone (first published 1983)
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Lewis Weinstein
This is a powerful book, full of conclusions which are far from universally accepted. Here are some of the most thought-provoking assertions …

*** 1600 years of Christian hatred of Jews culminated in the Holocaust … Christianity did not create the Holocaust … but without Christian antisemitism, the Holocaust would have been inconceivable.

*** Jews, merely by continuing to be Jews, threatened the very legitimacy of Christianity … if Judaism remained valid, then Christianity was invalid … therein,
Aug 13, 2013 Kelsey rated it really liked it
The authors have rejected modern theories for antisemitism and produced their own thesis and evidence for the main cause of antisemitism around the world - Judaism. As in, the religion itself, and not the "race". The argument claims that the very religion itself is the reason Jews have been hated throughout history, for their distinctness and declaration as being the chosen people of one God in monotheism. This is in contrast for other proposed reasons of antisemitism - rich Jews, Jews "drinking ...more
Sally Krause
Jun 08, 2011 Sally Krause rated it really liked it
After reading "The People of the Book" I wanted a better understanding of antisemitism. Why, I wondered, had this particular group of people been persecuted for centuries? As a Catholic I understand that many Catholics erroneously believe that Jews were resposible for the death of Jesus. This did not explain, though, antisemism that existed before Christ and from the Muslim people. This book helped me to understand that Jews have been persecuted because they were Jews. Now that I have a better i ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing
In the last six years in particular, since Arafat launched a war of terror against Israel's people, I have often wondered what the reasons are for the intense hatred and violent rage, especially by Moslems and the Left, of Israel and her people.
The country where I live, is periodically rocked by nationwide paroxysms of vicious rage and murderous hate of the tiny nation of Israel,encouraged by the ruling party and it's allies, civil society, universities and the media.
This is the world's latest i
Dec 01, 2015 April rated it it was amazing
A great people, and a great book!! However, I do have a major issue with Dennis Prager personally. He's spot on in regards to so many issues of morality, but as a Christian I struggle a bit supporting the book of a man who publicly promotes the use of pornography. Dennis does not do that in this book thankfully. This book is completely wonderful. However, with regards to him as an author I cringe a bit in the direction of Prager as I feel that he is responsible for major damage to the character ...more
Simcha Wood
Feb 05, 2013 Simcha Wood rated it it was amazing
Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin's Why the Jews? is a concise but thorough examination of antisemitism. The book presents the history and explores the causes of religious anti-Judaism and of racist and anti-Zionist antisemitism and tries to cast light on why it is that, of all hatreds, antisemitism has been so virulent and persistent.

Originally written in 1983, and revised and updated in 2003, this book remains current and serves as a fine introduction not only to the history and legacy of ant
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Now, this is really annoying! I wrote a review and as I posted it, my internet connection failed, so I have to type it all up again, which I of course can't and won't do. And for once I really spent some time thinking about it too, because this book both annoyed me and was very interesting at one time.

So... yeah. Basically: If you understand that Jew-hatred didn't stop in 1945 but exists in the world today - although perhaps having shape-shifted a little again - then this book might be for you.
Michael Benami Doyle
Feb 17, 2012 Michael Benami Doyle rated it really liked it
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The book convincingly and depressingly describes antisemitism as a natural response to Judaism, due both to the nature of Jewish thought and teaching and to the nature of the surrounding world. The biggest surprise comes at the end, when Prager and Telushkin call for contemporary Judaism to welcome overt proselytizing and aggressive welcoming campaigns for converts in order to help as many people as possible become familiar with Jews. I've always thought that Judaism should get over its self-dam ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Samaire rated it liked it
After reading this valuable book, I will never look at the reasons for antisemitism in the same way again. Frightening, enlightening and difficult to get through,
never-the-less it is a must read.
Aug 28, 2013 Marcus rated it it was amazing
A well written novel teaching its readers the history of antisemitism. I learned a lot from this work. It certainly will open your eyes to concepts an ideas you have not thought about before.
John Reas
Oct 14, 2010 John Reas rated it really liked it
This is important reading for those of us who are trying to come to grips with anti-Semitism in the world and what can be done to stop this.
Cecilia Moar
Jan 02, 2014 Cecilia Moar rated it it was ok
Seemed a bit self serving. No compelling arguments, although it did assist me to understand the Jewish viewpoint somewhat.
May 10, 2013 Lorraine rated it it was amazing
A great deal of information in a smaller volume. Very interesting for people interested in Religion or History.
Feb 16, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
Excellent book explaining differences between Jews and others.
Jacob O'connor
May 01, 2015 Jacob O'connor rated it really liked it
Why does everyone hate Israel?

I've learned enough about history to know that everyone gets their turn on the bottom of the pile. My own Irish bloodline was under the feet of the British, and when we moved to America we got the same treatment. As soon as we got on our feet, we exacted our ire against the blacks.

But Irish and even black racism doesn't compare to the Jews.

There is no group who has spent more time on the bottom of that pile than the Jews. How do we account for that? Prager and Tel
Bob Mendelsohn
Nov 01, 2014 Bob Mendelsohn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any serious student of history
If you want a comprehensive history of the Jewish people's experience of hostility, look no further. This books is packed with quotes and evidence of global anti-Semitism. And the authors make it clear that whatever the reasons people give for their feelings are actually based on Judaism and not other more sociological factors. A good read, to be sure.
Nov 06, 2014 Elaine added it
A few thoughts on this, and also Jewish Humor (by Joseph Telushkin) here:

Ur Salem
Oct 13, 2014 Ur Salem rated it did not like it
A Russian Non-Semite Jew who is desperately fighting for an identity which is NOT his own in the first place.
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Jul 25, 2007 Sarah marked it as to-read
eric recommended this book to me...but he only gave it two stars....what!?!?!?
Oct 29, 2013 Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book
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Dennis Prager is an American syndicated radio talk show host, syndicated columnist, author, and public speaker. He is noted for his conservative political and social views emanating from conservative Judeo-Christian values.
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