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What It Means to Be Jewish
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In this collection of past and present story-telling, scholarship, and spiritual autobiography, the many facets of the Jewish identity--both ancient and modern--are illuminated by a multitude of writings and recollections on history and exile, literature and art, selfhood and victimization, immigration and opportunity, and thought and belief. Indeed, such a vast array of first-person voices forms a chorus that both documents and contextualizes the history, tradition, and culture of the Jews. As Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler points out in his Foreword to this wise, well-assembled, wide-ranging anthology, "What It Means to Be Jewish" "takes us on a journey from biblical times to today, intertwining the words of Hillel and Louis Brandeis, Mark Twain and Winston Churchill, Martin Buber and Philip Roth, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin into a multicolored tapestry of literary and ethnic diversity that reflects the rich and universal texture of Jewish living and Jewish life.
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Ina Abrams is a journalist who has written several books (under the name Ina Yalof) on medical and health issues, including O"pen Heart Surgery, Life and Death, "and "Straight from the Heart." She lives in New York City.

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"Abrams, a writer on medical subjects, here offers a bracing and fascinating anthology that includes writers as various as Alan Dershowitz, Anita Diamant, Golda Meir, and George Washington on the various meanings of the Jewish experience in America. By no means do these writers speak with a single voice--but then, dialogue is a crucial part of the Jewish tradition. This is not always comfortable reading, as writers confront the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and the controversy surrounding the identity of modern Israel--which is also as it should be. Abrams has created a fine and compulsively readable collection, illuminating for Jews and non-Jews alike."--"Library Journal""Abrams crafts a portrait of Jewish experience, identity, religion, and culture through the words and eyes of contemporary thinkers. Though she includes traditional biblical and Talmudic sources, the strength of this anthology is its focus on 20th-century voices, from Elie Wiesel and Golda Meir to Woody Allen and Letty Cottin Pogrebin . . . Abrams [also] reproduces her own path back to Judaism, attained partially through the guidance of books, rabbis, and teachers. This anthology, too, may well lead readers Jewish and non-Jewish to deepen their study of the rich resources of Judaism."--"Publishers Weekly"

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