Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz - Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry (Hardback)David N. Myers (author)
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Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
"In David Myers's compelling book, Between Jew and Arab, he probingly and refreshingly asks us to confront [these questions]: Is Israel a democratic state? Is it a Jewish state? Can it be both Jewish and democratic? . . . For presenting and elaborating on [Rawidowicz's conclusions], and the ensuing conception it articulates of the task of Jewish studies, David Myers -- one of the most distinguished Jewish historians writing today, and an institutional force to be reckoned with -- is to be lauded and commended." --AJS Review
"Myers has unearthed and celebrated the unpublished work of an obscure and lonely thinker whose ethical thought was, as he himself acknowledges, both lacking in solid foundations and rather unrealistic. He nevertheless believes that Rawidowicz's writings can serve as a wake-up call reminding the supporters of the Jewish state of their moral duties"--Jewish Review of Books
"Myers demonstrates his virtuosity at intellectual history as he creates a marvelous context for us to understand this major thinker. He traces Rawidowicz's birth in Grayewo, Poland, the son of Rabbi Chayin Yitzhak Rawidowicz -- a merchant scholar, ardent Hebraist and Zionist -- and young Simon's early education and the impact of his father in shaping the mind of this most promising of students. He follows the family in their migration to Bialystok in 1914 and then journeys with Simon to Berlin, which, before the rise of Nazism was the cultural destination of brilliant Jews who had left the world of the yeshiva to be trained in universities and seminaries. . . . Anyone who has read Myers' earlier work will be rewarded by the intelligibility, the lucidity of his writing. He clarifies even the most complex ideas and finds no need to demonstrate the subtlety of his learning and intellectual talent by obfuscation."--The Jewish Journal
"Simon Rawidowicz was a Polish-born scholar who studied in Berlin, and lived in London during World War II. Those who cherish his memory say he was one of the most important Hebrew writers of the 20th century, and they believe his name has been forgotten because he believed in the future of Jewish life all over the world, alongside the central place of the State of Israel. He developed this belief in his book "Babylon and Jerusalem," ... ... an entire chapter that Rawidowicz had omitted from the book - "Between Jew and Arab" - was found. It calls on the State of Israel to permit the return of the Palestinian refugees. Alongside political and ethical reasons, this demand reflected Rawidowicz's belief in the rights of national minorities: Jews among the nations of the world, Arabs in the Jewish state. Despite the esoteric nature of both Rawidowicz and his shelved proposal, they still manage to fire the imagination with the thought of how history would have changed, how the State of Israel would have looked and how the entire Middle East would have looked had Israel permitted the refugees' return. It is a thought that is relevant this week as well." --Haaretz --Haaretz
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