By Haim Chertok
Stealing house is an every now and then witty, now and then grave, from time to time hopeful, and from time to time cynical, yet continuously thought-provoking choice of autobiographical essays. This e-book is a man's daring but humble research of his personal offerings, quite of his determination to renounce a modest, bucolic, and safe educational existence in California for a good extra worthwhile and significant one in Israel. those twenty-eight splendidly written essays go away no soft topic untouched. Chertok exposes the materialistic vanity of many American assimilated Jews. He describes his reports within the Israeli military and his transforming into misery with Israel's involvement in Lebanon. He bemoans Israel's colleges, he criticizes Israel's remedy of the Arabs. he's, actually, a unprecedented chook- a committed Zionist and an observant Jew who despises narrowmindedness in any form or shape, even if it's cultural, social, left-win, right-wing, or non secular. This ebook is key studying not just for these excited about Israel or with the Jewish-American experience.Stealing domestic addresses common matters that experience involved each person in all international locations all through heritage. it's a booklet approximately discovering one's position within the world...without changing into complacent or self-righteous.
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Uh . . " Gerstein never did inquire further into the question, and to that day did not know what a mizbaiach was. They did not attend either synagogue in Fresno; nor did Sam absent himself from college classes on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. After some years of noting that I as a matter of course excused myself from teaching on these holy days, he similarly requested the administration to be excused. When hit by some flak, he complained bitterly of anti-Semitism. Often, especially in our last years in Coalinga, the nearby Gerstein home would be the object of our Shabbat afternoon walk.
I am convinced that a parallel case would prevail for many other American Jews who feel for themselves that their losses would be too great. Our losses, personal and communal, creative and Jewish, have been egregious and irreplaceable. In Thoreau's idiom, these, then, are my decade's accounts. It should be amply clear, I think, that my quarrel with America was never that it could not or would not accommodate me as an individual. On the contrary, America is delectably hospitablepractically porous.
It should be amply clear, I think, that my quarrel with America was never that it could not or would not accommodate me as an individual. On the contrary, America is delectably hospitablepractically porous. No, for us Jews the problem posed by American Materio-Individualismthat sweetest idolatryis neither prejudice nor even mild resistance. It is that America ineluctably presses its thumb on the scales against our specifically Jewish survival. Not as lawyers or consumers but only as Jews does America bury us alive.