By Bernard-Henri Lévy,Steven B. Kennedy
“A clever, revealing, and crucial e-book for our times.”—The Washington Post
For greater than 4 a long time, Bernard-Henri Lévy has been a novel determine at the international stage—one of the good ethical voices of our time. Now Europe's most desirable thinker and activist confronts his religious roots and the faith that has constantly encouraged and formed him—but that he hasn't ever absolutely reckoned with.
The Genius of Judaism is a wide ranging new imaginative and prescient and knowing of what it capability to be a Jew, a imaginative and prescient really diverse from the single we’re used to. it truly is rooted within the Talmudic traditions of argument and clash, instead of biblical commandments, borne out in fight and research, now not in blind observance. on the very middle of the problem is a duty to the opposite, to the dispossessed, and to the forgotten, a duty that, as Lévy vividly recounts, he has sought to include over many years of championing “lost causes,” from Bosnia to Africa’s forgotten wars, from Libya to the Kurdish Peshmerga’s determined struggle opposed to the Islamic nation, a conflict raging immediately. Lévy deals a clean, miraculous critique of a brand new and stealthy type of anti-Semitism at the upward push in addition to a provocative protection of Israel from the left. He finds the missed Jewish roots of Western democratic beliefs and confronts the present Islamist danger whereas intellectually dismantling it. Jews usually are not a “chosen people,” Lévy explains, yet a “treasure” whose spirit needs to proceed to notify ethical considering and braveness today.
Lévy’s such a lot passionate ebook, and in lots of methods his so much own, The Genius of Judaism is a smart, profound, and hypnotic highbrow reckoning—indeed a decision to arms—by one of many keenest and such a lot insightful writers within the world.
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“In The Genius of Judaism, Lévy elaborates on his credo by way of rebutting the pernicious and fake good judgment at the back of present anti-Semitism and defends Israel because the world’s so much winning multi-ethnic democracy made out of scratch. Lévy additionally makes the case for France’s Jews being quintessential to the institution of the French country, the French language, and French literature. And final, yet under no circumstances least, he offers a outstanding interpretation of the e-book of Jonah. . . . A journey de force.”—Forbes
“Ardent . . . Lévy’s message is largely uplifting: that the bright students of Judaism, the authors of the Talmud, offer elucidation into ‘the nice questions that experience stirred humanity because the sunrise of time.’ . . . A philosophical get together of Judaism.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Lévy (Left in darkish Times), a admired French journalist and politically engaged thinker, turns his observations inward right here, puzzling over the lessons of Judaism and the function they've got performed in modern ecu heritage in addition to in his personal existence and highbrow inquiry. . . . [Lévy’s] musings at the which means of the tale of Jonah and the relevance of symbolic Ninevahs in our time are either unique and poetic. . . . A welcome boost to his oeuvre.”—Publishers Weekly
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