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Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation

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Personal narratives by thirty-nine jewish activists and scholars.

Today Jews face a choice. We can be loyal to the ethical imperatives at the heart of Judaism --love the stranger, pursue justice, and repair the world. Or we can give our unconditional support to the state of Israel. It is a choice between Judaism as a religion and the nationalist ideology of Zionism, which
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 8th 2019 by Olive Branch Press
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How do you transcend cultural trauma, so that you don’t, as a culture, strike out in revenge or develop an invincibility that convinces you, “We will not be hurt anymore”? What is the role of the Jewish cultural narrative of victimization and vindication in the practice of Zionism today? In this essay collection, Karcher presents us with 39 Jewish individuals who have wrestled with these questions and come to the realization that the Zionist narrative with which they were raised has been turned ...more
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As a non-Jew with a passionate interest in the fight for justice in Palestine, I was interested in hearing how my Jewish brothers and sisters came to join this fight. I had previously heard the story of Ned Rosch, whose story is on of more than 30 told here, and was inspired to hear more. I was not disappointed. The writers range in age from college students to senior citizens, and their backgrounds cover the gamut of Judiasm, from devoutly Conservative to non-practicing "cultural" Jews. I was ...more
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Carolyn L. Karcher is the author of The First Woman in the Republic: A Cultural Biography of Lydia Maria Child and the editor of Tourgee's novel Bricks Without Straw.