Journals Higher Education



Published: 10 October 1996

208 Pages

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195111262

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Why Should Jews Survive?

Looking Past the Holocaust toward a Jewish Future

Michael Goldberg

Since biblical times, Jews have defined themselves as God's uniquely chosen people--a status affirmed and symbolized by the Exodus story. Israel's deliverance from Egypt offers evidence of a God who makes and keeps generation-spanning covenants. In the past fifty year, however, Jewish identity has had two distinctly different focal points: the Holocaust and the State of Israel. The murdered six million Jews and continuing Arab enmity to the Jewish State have pushed to the forefront of the Jewish People's one overriding concern: survival.
Now, in Why Should Jews Survive? Rabbi Michael Goldberg asserts that these twin pillars, the Holocaust and Israel, are brittle and have already begun to crumble: they will not be enough to support or sustain the next generation's Jewish identity. In an urgent warning to the Jewish people, Goldberg argues for a refocus on the original Exodus story and with it a deeper and more positive sense of what it means to be Jewish. The time has come to answer the question: Why should Jews survive?


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