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At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews #2019

At Home in Exile Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews An eloquent controversial argument that says for the first time in their long history Jews are free to live in a Jewish state or lead secure and productive lives outside it Since the beginnings of

  • Title: At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews
  • Author: Alan Wolfe
  • ISBN: 9780807033135
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews By Alan Wolfe, An eloquent, controversial argument that says, for the first time in their long history, Jews are free to live in a Jewish state or lead secure and productive lives outside it Since the beginnings of Zionism in the twentieth century, many Jewish thinkers have considered it close to heresy to validate life in the Diaspora Jews in Europe and America faced a life of pointlAn eloquent, controversial argument that says, for the first time in their long history, Jews are free to live in a Jewish state or lead secure and productive lives outside it Since the beginnings of Zionism in the twentieth century, many Jewish thinkers have considered it close to heresy to validate life in the Diaspora Jews in Europe and America faced a life of pointless struggle and futile suffering, of ambivalence, confusion, and eternal impotence, as one early Zionist philosopher wrote, echoing a widespread and vehement disdain for Jews living outside Israel This thinking, in a understated but still pernicious form, continues to the present the Holocaust tried to kill all of us, many Jews believe, and only statehood offers safety But what if the Diaspora is a blessing in disguise In At Home in Exile, renowned scholar and public intellectual Alan Wolfe, writing for the first time about his Jewish heritage, makes an impassioned, eloquent, and controversial argument that Jews should take pride in their Diasporic tradition It is true that Jews have experienced than their fair share of discrimination and destruction in exile, and there can be no doubt that anti Semitism persists throughout the world and often rears its ugly head Yet for the first time in history, Wolfe shows, it is possible for Jews to lead vibrant, successful, and, above all else, secure lives in states in which they are a minority Drawing on centuries of Jewish thinking and writing, from Maimonides to Philip Roth, David Ben Gurion to Hannah Arendt, Wolfe makes a compelling case that life in the Diaspora can be good for the Jews no matter where they live, Israel very much included as well as for the non Jews with whom they live, Israel once again included Not only can the Diaspora offer Jews the opportunity to reach a deep appreciation of pluralism and a commitment to fighting prejudice, but in an era of rising inequalities and global instability, the whole world can benefit from Jews passion for justice and human dignity Wolfe moves beyond the usual polemical arguments and celebrates a universalistic Judaism that is desperately needed if Israel is to survive Turning our attention away from the Jewish state, where half of world Jewry lives, toward the pluralistic and vibrant places the other half have made their home, At Home in Exile is an inspiring call for a Judaism that isn t defensive and insecure but is instead open and inquiring.

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    1. No recorded diaspora has been longer than that of the Jews Consider the Elephantine papyri, uncovered some hundred years ago near Aswan in Upper Egypt These included a cache of 5th Century BCE Aramaic documents produced by a community of exiled Judean who lived in Abu, a fortress town in upper Egypt The documents opened a window into the past They dealt with topics from the quotidian contracts, property transfers, divorces to the extraordinary Several fragments were of correspondences between Je [...]

    2. The author debates Jewish immigrations, displacements, and the the idea of a Jewish homeland He looks at the question of how the Jewish people feel about Diaspora but doesn t clearly explain what is meant by the term.

    3. It s easy to have knee jerk reactions to pieces of Wolfe s book, including, I have to say, the condescending sounding sub title, but I deeply enjoyed reading the arguments he presented in this book On the face of it, or, rather, on the back of the book, this is simply a defense of Jews who choose to live outside Israel While it has been suggested by others as Wolfe documents well that it is not possible to live a wholly Jewish life outside Israel, Wolfe believes that defining a wholly Jewish lif [...]

    4. This book covers a lot of ground, but I think each individual reader will take away something different from it Some aspect of it will stir something inside you For me, it was the issue of particularism versus universalism While the book seems to be marketed as supporting those Jews who choose to live outside Israel, it has a lot to offer those who live in Israel also.In the introduction Wolfe makes the statement that It is important what Jews think than where they live As expected, the book ar [...]

    5. When I began reading this argumentative novel, I was initially put off Especially because in the very first paragraph, the author is cited as saying that the birth of Israel occurred in 1948 Historically, on the point of arriving in the current world, I guess that makes sense, sure In terms of the Hebrew Bible, however, Israel was the first nation that was present, as Israel was the home of YHWH s chosen people of which there were many covenants Including and not limited to the Mosaic covenant, [...]

    6. Thought provoking By bringing back to life the universalist ideals developed during their long residency in exile, a new generation of Jews can offer the best hope for a revival of the Jewish future I prefer a Judaism that is special but not chosen to one that is chosen but not special Jews survive best, for themselves and for the gentile world around them, when they do than live but live up to an ideal.

    7. I received this book as a giveaway.Very informative I learned a lot of the Jewish people reading this book It made me think differently of how important Israel is, both Jewish and non Jewish people There are places where Jews can live peacefully and prosper and other where it is a question.

    8. Not an easy read, but a fascinating one It exposed me to many Jewish thinkers and strains of thought that I had not previously encountered, as well as put into a clear context many who I have previously encountered.

    9. Fascinating highly readable book that tells us much about where Diaspora Jews particularly in America have been and how things are changing even as some people don t understand and thing they can turn back the tide.

    10. Fascinating and educational I truly enjoy any book that provides me with knowledge and a deeper understanding of the subject discussed within.

    11. The controversy over the Jewish Diaspora is something I ve only been familiar with in passing, and yet I found that Wolfe s work was not only readable and clear, but offered with depth and insight In some cases, I m positive I would have gotten out of his arguments if I d had background, but for the most part, I felt Wolfe did an impressive job of balancing his writing to benefit a variety of readers Wolfe s argument that Diaspora has, in large part, been a good thing for Jews despite many sch [...]

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