The Divided Self: Israel and the Jewish Psyche Today by David J. GoldbergThe Divided Self: Israel and the Jewish Psyche Today by David J. Goldberg

The Divided Self: Israel and the Jewish Psyche Today

byDavid J. Goldberg, David J Goldberg

Paperback | March 15, 2011

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How should Jews respond to an age of militant Zionism and resurgent anti-Semitism? Is insisting on a separate sense of identity anachronistic and dangerous, or is it the only way of preserving the Jewish cultural heritage?

Rabbi David Goldberg, one of today’s most respected and outspoken Jewish leaders in the English-speaking world, here grapples with the dilemmas of contemporary Jewishness with characteristic candour, and sketches the emerging faultlines in the Jewish sense of identity. He offers up a completely fresh reading of Jewish history, arguing that the narrative of relentless woe and suffering, popularized by nineteenth-century writers such as George Eliot, was based on a highly selective reading of the past. Goldberg retraces the history of the Jews, and rejects the mythology of eternal victimhood. Instead, he focuses on the survival strategies that have been pursued throughout the centuries. He contrasts the pragmatic flexibility of the Jewish Diaspora with the military assertiveness of modern Israel. With wit, insight and compassion he highlights the growing gulf between Israeli and Diaspora Jewishness and argues that Israeli and Diaspora Jews are in danger of becoming divided by a common heritage. This book will stimulate, engage and provoke readers of all beliefs and cultures.

David J. Goldberg OBE is Rabbi Emeritus of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, having served Europe's largest Progressive congregation for nearly thirty years. Well-known for his longtime involvement in Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives and pioneering activity in the field of interfaith dialogue, he is a regular media commentato...
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Title:The Divided Self: Israel and the Jewish Psyche TodayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.61 × 5.27 × 0.78 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:I.B. Tauris Company Ltd.Language:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction * The Zionist version of Jewish history * Relativism and Absolutism in Biblical times * Dependency on more powerful neighbours * Learning the lessons of exile * The Roman disaster * The shifting groun of diaspora existence * Factors in survival * Emerging from the ghetto * Redefining the Jew * Zionists, Socialists, old Jews, 'new' Hebrews * Zionism for the few, integration for the many * The Golden Age of German Jewry * Liberal values and political realities * Zionism's radical demands * Holocaust survivors and Zionist incomprehension * From destruction in Europe to redemption in Israel * A false sense of security * Israel, the Diaspora and Likud * The sea change * From optimism to disillusionment * Taking stock; Israel and the diaspora today * 'The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing'

Editorial Reviews

"All those who care about the present and future of the Jewish people should welcome this book."
-- Jonathan Freedland, journalist and contributor to The Jewish Chronicle

"David Goldberg's vivid, provocative and witty book should be required reading for anyone who cares about the future of the Jewish people, and the peace of the Middle East." -- Max Hastings, British journalist, editor, historian, and author