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Why the Jews?

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From the bestselling authors of The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism comes a completely revised and updated edition of a modern classic that reflects 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 end...more
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,...more
Kelsey
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
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
Simcha Wood
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...more
that cute little red-eyed kitten
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....more
Michael Doyle
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
Samaire
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.
Marcus
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
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.
Lorraine
A great deal of information in a smaller volume. Very interesting for people interested in Religion or History.
James
Excellent book explaining differences between Jews and others.
April
A great people, and a great book!!
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May 15, 2012 TaleofGenji marked it as to-read
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Cecilia Moar
Seemed a bit self serving. No compelling arguments, although it did assist me to understand the Jewish viewpoint somewhat.
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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!?!?!?
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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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