Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745328409 Published November 2008 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745328416 Published November 2008 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years

Israel Shahak

Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years

Israel Shahak

Distributed for Pluto Press

176 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745328409 Published November 2008 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745328416 Published November 2008 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Israel Shahak was a remarkable man. Born in the Warsaw ghetto and a survivor of Belsen, Shahak arrived in Israel in 1945. Brought up under Jewish Orthodoxy and Hebrew culture, he consistently opposed the expansion of the borders of Israel from 1967.

In this extraordinary and highly acclaimed book, Shahak embarks on a provocative study of the extent to which the secular state of Israel has been shaped by religious orthodoxies of an invidious and potentially lethal nature. Drawing on the Talmud and rabbinical laws, Shahak argues that the roots of Jewish chauvinism and religious fanaticism must be understood before it is too late.

Written from a humanitarian viewpoint by a Jewish scholar, this is a rare and highly controversial criticism of Israel that will both excite and disturb readers worldwide.

Contents

Foreword to the first edition by Gore Vidal
Foreword to the 1997 edition by Edward Said
Foreword to the 2002 edition by Norton Mezvinsky
Foreword to the new edition by Ilan Pappe
1. The Consequences of Ethnic Cleansing
2. The Jewish Religion and its attitude to non-Jews part 1
3. The Jewish Religion and its attitude to non-Jews part 2
4. Conclusions
Notes
Index

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