Why the Jews?

By Daniel Chejfec

I just finished reading a book by Dennis Praeguer and Joseph Telushkin called "Why the Jews". It was first published in 1983, and it is now out in an updated version. The original book was about Anti Semitism, the updated version incorporates the notion of Anti-Zionism. What makes this book unique is its theory of what is Anti Semitism. Others talk about socio economic conditions, religious theological reasons, economic competition, scapegoats, etc. The authors of this book postulate that anti Semitism is a negative reaction to the role Jews took upon themselves many years ago at Sinai, that is being Jews.


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