Judaism Does Not Equal Israel (review)

Judaism Does Not Equal Israel (review) about global Jews in the year 2010. It proves Pianko's point that the word Zionism was co-opted by the statists. But it also shows that the state-centered model of Zionism that triumphed in the postwar period and rendered alternatives Zionisms invisible is no longer the only game in town, just as Rawidowicz, Kaplan, and Kohn might have wanted it. David Shneer University of Colorado at Boulder Judaism Does Not Equal Israel, by Mark H. Ellis. New York: The New Press, 2010. 232 pp. $24.95. I must say that I was disheartened when I finished reading Judaism Does Not Equal Israel. How else should I feel, as an Israeli descendent of survivors whose whole family was destroyed in Europe, when an American Jewish intellectual in a book whose primary motif is the Holocaust ends by predicting "a new era of Jewish life after the Holocaust and after Israel" (p. 204). Professor Ellis is clear in his desire to relegate the Jews to exile (not Diaspora) where, in his view, they properly belong. "That the best view is from exile is lamentable but again so Jewish. Next to the prophetic, exile is the most practiced of the primal Jewish identities" http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Judaism Does Not Equal Israel (review)

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about global Jews in the year 2010. It proves Pianko's point that the word Zionism was co-opted by the statists. But it also shows that the state-centered model of Zionism that triumphed in the postwar period and rendered alternatives Zionisms invisible is no longer the only game in town, just as Rawidowicz, Kaplan, and Kohn might have wanted it. David Shneer University of Colorado at Boulder Judaism Does Not Equal Israel, by Mark H. Ellis. New York: The New Press, 2010. 232 pp. $24.95. I must say that I was disheartened when I finished reading Judaism Does Not Equal Israel. How else should I feel, as an Israeli descendent of survivors whose whole family was destroyed in Europe, when an American Jewish intellectual in a book whose primary motif is the Holocaust ends by predicting "a new era of Jewish life after the Holocaust and after Israel" (p. 204). Professor Ellis is clear in his desire to relegate the Jews to exile (not Diaspora) where, in his view, they properly belong. "That the best view is from exile is lamentable but again so Jewish. Next to the prophetic, exile is the most practiced of the primal Jewish identities"

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2011

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