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How I Stopped Being a Jew

How I Stopped Being a Jew Shlomo Sand was born in in a displaced person s camp in Austria to Jewish parents the family later migrated to Palestine As a young man Sand came to question his Jewish identity even that of

  • Title: How I Stopped Being a Jew
  • Author: Shlomo Sand David Fernbach
  • ISBN: 9781781686140
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shlomo Sand was born in 1946, in a displaced person s camp in Austria, to Jewish parents the family later migrated to Palestine As a young man, Sand came to question his Jewish identity, even that of a secular Jew With this meditative and thoughtful mixture of essay and personal recollection, he articulates the problems at the center of modern Jewish identity.How I StShlomo Sand was born in 1946, in a displaced person s camp in Austria, to Jewish parents the family later migrated to Palestine As a young man, Sand came to question his Jewish identity, even that of a secular Jew With this meditative and thoughtful mixture of essay and personal recollection, he articulates the problems at the center of modern Jewish identity.How I Stopped Being a Jew discusses the negative effects of the Israeli exploitation of the chosen people myth and its holocaust industry Sand criticizes the fact that, in the current context, what Jewish means is, above all, not being Arab and reflects on the possibility of a secular, non exclusive Israeli identity, beyond the legends of Zionism.

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    1. An illuminating, somewhat resigned, essay on the perils of identity politics, rather than a polemic. Shlomo Sand examines the myths of Jewish identity, specifically that of the "secular Jew" and predictably disturbs a few sacred cows. He dismisses the "Holocaust industry" – indicting Lanzmann's Shoah, Spielberg's Shindler's List and Elie Wiesel for their exclusive focus on Jews as the victims of Nazism. It was not enough that the memory of the victims should be engraved in the consciousness of [...]

    2. Sand is an Israeli citizen who criticizes what it means to be Jewish in Israel today. He acknowledges that, in a post-Holocaust world, there is good reason for an overall Jewish bond with the State of Israel. However, he finds it an odd coincidence of fate that the State of Israel marked him as “Jew” on his identity card simply because his mother is Jewish, something he had no control over, and did not make any inquiry whatsoever into things that might have been more relevant, such as his ab [...]

    3. Sholomo Sand's book, How I Stopped Being a Jew, which I received from NetGalley in exchange for a review, addresses the issues many modern Jews face in reconciling their Jewish heritage with their lack of identity with Judaism, and their rejection of a God that actually has power in their lives.These are issues modern Jews and Israeli citizens face daily. And many of them struggle. Many modern Jews are happy being Jewish, and observing their faith as they choose to observe it.Others, like Sand, [...]

    4. I have one or two minor reservations about this book, on relatively trivial aspects: it's imperfectly translated from the Hebrew via the French and uses once-trendy academic franglais such as "problematic " and "imaginary" as nouns; the style generally is a bit florid in parts; and he bends over backwards sometimes a little too far - in my view - to be more than fair to the people and doctrines and behaviours that have led him to renounce his former Jewish identity.To be fair to him, it is clear [...]

    5. La subtilité avec laquelle l'auteur retourne les multiples faces de l'identité juive et israélienne est assez remarquable, en plus détaillée à l'aide de plusieurs exemples, et de preuves historiques ( Shlomo étant un enseignant d'histoire ). Une objectivité recherchée au total. Un essai qui dévoile la face caché du Rubik's cube à une seule face ordonnée qu'est l'Etat irasélien.

    6. يؤكد شلومو ساند في هذا الكتاب ما ذهب إليه في كتابيه اختراع الشعب اليهودي واختراع أرض إسرائيل بأنه يشعر بالخجل من العنصرية التي تقوم عليها الدولة التي يحمل جنسيتها ويظهر مشاعر التعاطف مع الفلسطينيين الذين تحرمهم العنصرية الصهيونية حقوقهم بل ويعتبر أن الصهيونية قد خلقت من وج [...]

    7. Israel defines itself as a ‘Jewish state’, or as the ‘state of the Jewish people’ throughout the world, but it is not even able to define who is a Jew.Sand's essay complicates the issue of secular Jewish identity, or, in other words, a shared plane among non-practicing Jews. Apart from the Hebrew hegemony in the land of Israel, and a shared sense of persecution that he claims Jews worldwide are encouraged to share, he finds nothing in Jewish culture that is all-pervasive and warrants the [...]

    8. This book is much shorter and more personal than the other book of his I read, The Invention of the Jewish People, making it I think more accessible to a wider audience. Sand writes very clearly, making solid arguments. There is a strong focus on Israel, but Sand also makes clear why he thinks that it should be relevant to all people who consider themselves Jews. I am someone who also decided to stop calling myself a Jew, for reasons similar to some those expressed by Sand, and now I feel even m [...]

    9. I am not impressed with this book. The writing is highly academic, and seems to attempt to use big words to try to make the author's opinions seem like they are more important and factual than they actually are. The author posits that there is no such thing as a secular Jew and no such thing as a Jewish culture. He, an Israeli, bashes Israel and it's politics while still claiming to love his country. I found the writing to be verbose and boring and the author's opinions, no matter how they are w [...]

    10. أحتاج لقراءة الكتابين السابقين له حتى أحصل على فهم "كامل" لما يقوله ساند. والكتاب مفيد

    11. The dynamics of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict are nuanced, and difficult to understand. Neither side is right, but for religious reasons people take sides all over the world, and mischaracterize their opponents. And to be sure, people are deeply passionate about their perspective on this issue, despite the fact that I'm not sure anyone understands it all that well. Sand is an Israeli, but writes this book to discuss his perspective on why he sees the "Jewish State" as deeply flawed, and why h [...]

    12. On starting this essay, I was geared up to be annoyed, offended even, but it was a surprisingly enjoyable read. Sand is an engaging writer, who fluidly combines Jewish history and personal experience, giving fascinating insights into the development of Israeli Jewish identity and its ideological and legislative application in the discrimination of Palestinian rights. Ultimately though, I have to disagree with his argument that “the key axis of a secular Jewish identity lies nowadays in perpetu [...]

    13. A regular reader of Shlomo Sand's books would find this essay of no surprise. What they would find of a surprise is the detailed rationale that he produces so eloquently. Having been a practicing Jew, then secular Jew, and then (ultimately) openly an atheist I found my story resonated with Sand's story. I'm looking forward to reading Sand's next book on Israel and hopefully some history on the formation of Israel that continues to display to the world the truth of how Israel was created. Sand's [...]

    14. I have had a limited knowledge of Jews and their culture and most of them is a direct conclusion of the holocaust suffered by them during the second world war. Therefore always putting them in a spotlight filled with sympathy. It seldom dawned on me that it is another religion and a practice by itself. There are other aspects to the religion and not just the unending suffering. Shlomo Sand has done a wonderful job of opening mind and giving a new direction to the whole concept of Jews and Israel [...]

    15. I found this book a bit of a education, you hear about Jewish people from the past but dont really understand about the culture, so this book was most enlightening. It touches on a variety of areas about the conception jews from the beginning of time, allows the reader insight into his past where he was born a displaced person and what negative effects being one of the " chosen people" can have on your life.

    16. As a personal essay in a tradition I associate with French thinkers, this is excellent. As a serious political argument, it is a bit weak, unsubstantiated, and could easily be disputed, as I am sure it will be. But that is not the point. I find it highly refreshing to read the reflections of a historian who has no illusions about what his own people are or how they have changed during his lifetime.

    17. Essere un ebreo secolare significa appartenere a un club esclusivo, al quale non si è liberi di unirsi. Nessuno può diventare un ebreo secolare se non è nato da madre ebrea. Da questo concetto nasce molto di ciò che accade e, purtroppo, accadrà in futuro in Israele e nei territori occupati. Un nuovo apartheid, un razzismo strisciante, le colonie (una malattia che sta avvelenando Israele).

    18. " il faudrait déjà se libérer de cette maudite et interminable occupation qui nous mène en enfer." p. 137" je sens que les dernières feuilles de la raison tombent de notre arbre d'action politique, nous laissant à découvert face aux caprices des sorciers somnambules de la tribu." p. 139

    19. A long essay confronting the definition of modern, secular Jewish identity. Sand seems to argue that without religious trappings, one is not really Jewish, and the only reason such a person would be considered Jewish is the history of persecution (particularly of the Nazis) and the laws of Israel.

    20. part political anti-identitarian tract, part personal essay. extremely moving, thought-provoking and depressing. read to prevent yourself from doing that thing in your late-20s where you get into religious traditions to escape nihilism and loneliness

    21. يشرح شلومو التناقضات في معتقدات الصهيونيين. الكتاب رائع وأعجبني أن الكاتب إنسان عادي ليس مؤرخا ولا مخترعا هو فقط طرح التساؤلات الصحيحة التي تخطر في ذهن أي شخص طبيعي. ربما لا يكون اليهودي الوحيد الذي شعر بخطأ معتقده فالأخطاء جلية وأظنها لا تخفى على كل اليهود لكنهم يتمسكون بك [...]

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