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The BOOMER generation that recast AMERICAN Judaism as progressive politics is heading offstage. Jonathan Neumann wants to give them a SHOVE.
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To Heal the World?
How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel
American Jews are liberals, so activism on behalf of liberal causes is no big surprise. But what about the claim that this activism is the fulfillment of a foundational religious Jewish precept? Adherents of the Jewish social justice movement aren’t just doing politics, they say: they’re doing Judaism. For the first time, in TO HEAL THE WORLD? HOW THE JEWISH LEFT CORRUPTS JUDAISM AND ENDANGERS ISRAEL (All Points Books, St. Martin's Press; June 26, 2018, ISBN: 9781250160874, hardcover, $26.99) Cambridge-educated millennial and social commentator Jonathan Neumann subjects that claim to an extended examination. The conclusion is devastating: there is no basis in Judaism for liberal political positions. TO HEAL THE WORLD? offers an unprecedented critique of the Jewish social justice movement - the left wing campaign that kidnapped American Judaism and used it to spearhead a victory in the American culture wars.
Neumann takes on the efforts of a generation of Jewish hippies to attribute their radical views to the Bible. With good humor and a scalpel, he debunks their hair-brained, exegetical proofs for everything from raising taxes, naturalizing illegal aliens, easing restrictions on abortion, reducing reliance on the military in foreign affairs, overhauling the economy to prevent climate change, and so on. Neumann convincingly demonstrates there are none. He further contends that the lavishly funded “tikkun olam” initiatives of today’s mainstream Jewish establishment and the unmoored gurus who lead the movement, are corrupting Judaism, endangering Israel and knocking America off its foundations. He argues that the biblical interpretations put forward to justify progressive activism – interpretations of Creation, Abraham, Joseph, the Exodus, the Prophets, and even the term tikkun olam itself – are utter nonsense. For years the leaders of this movement have been selling a lie to the American Jewish community and getting away with it. Until now.
This is the first book-length critique of the social justice industry. Argues Neumann, its hegemony in American Judaism is causing untold damage to young American Jews’ connection to Israel, creating a serious threat to the community’s survival and undermining America’s confidence in the People of the Book. For social justice to have become the animating force within American Jewry is a recipe for disaster. It’s time to expose the rot that’s strangling mainstream American Judaism and choose a new way forward. This book shows us how.
Jonathan Neumann is a graduate of Cambridge University and the London School of Economics. He has written for various American, British, and Israeli publications, was the Tikvah Fellow at Commentary Magazine, and has served as Assistant Editor at Jewish Ideas Daily.
Once, a young intellectual inveighing against the excesses of his religion, WOULD have been called a REFORMER. TODAY, with a vast institutional legacy & political program at stake for the GENERATION that recast Judaism as leftist politics...
Jonathan Neumann Is A Dangerous Heretic
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