By Jerold S. Auerbach
What binds jointly Jews of Israel and the us? Amid the wish and frustration generated by way of the center East peace technique, the that means of Jewish statehood is extra vigorously contested than ever prior to. an earthly democratic Israel, aware of Western liberal values, is ready to make peace with the Palestinians through sacrificing its personal ancient place of origin. yet a covenantal Israel, which pulls its Jewish id from divine promise and the biblical narrative, refuses to give up to fashionable imperatives. because the very nature of Jewish statehood has develop into ever extra polarized, American Jewish existence has been profoundly tormented by this fateful Zionist contradiction.
In Are We One? Jerold S. Auerbach provides a stunning new interpretation of this modern Jewish quandary. the fashionable Jewish impulse to include Western values, he writes, exacts a bad expense. He deals a severe reassessment of Zionism, a tough research of the resources of the identity of yankee Jews with Israel—and a depressing diagnosis of the way forward for Jewish lifestyles, either in Israel and the United States.
In a ringing indictment that's certain to spark controversy, he states that the passion of secular Israelis to import American tradition displays their sweeping rejection of Jewish and Zionist values. certainly, the diminishing variety of Israelis who really stay devoted to Jewish spiritual and ancient imperatives are denigrated as fundamentalist zealots by way of Israeli and American Jews alike. Present-day Israel now shows such Jewish self-loathing, he states, that it has depleted its personal skill to motivate global Jewry.
In a groundbreaking booklet that pulls upon unique old research and wide own event in Israel, Auerbach invitations readers to contemplate the debilitating outcomes of an adulterated Jewish identification in Israel and within the usa for the very way forward for Judaism.