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To Heal The World?

To Heal The World?

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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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All Points Books/St. Martin's Press

To Heal the World?

How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel

Jonathan Neumann

There is a strong and growing segment of Jews who are critical of liberal ideology and of their co-religionists who embrace it. Anyone wishing to understand the critics’ point of view would do well to read Jonathan Neumann’s new book — a hard-hitting polemic against the Jewish left.
— ROBERT P. GEORGE, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

This highly readable book is a devastating exposé of one of the worst vices in American Jewish life — the penchant of many rabbis and communal leaders to pass their own progressive politics off as continuous with the classical Jewish sources. It also opens a window onto a conception of Judaism that is broader, less partisan, and spiritually richer than many Americans have ever known.
— JON D. LEVENSON, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard University

For too long, Jewish leftists have used Jewish sloganeering to serve their leftism, claiming that ‘tikkun olam’ dictates their politics. Neumann shows that the linkage between Judaism and leftism isn’t merely false, but fatally damaging to Jewishness itself, and that those who claim they are healing the world on God’s behalf are in fact ripping out the roots of Judeo-Christian civilization while cynically flying the Biblical flag.
— BEN SHAPIRO, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire

It is all too rare for any intellectual, let alone a Jewish one, to blow the whistle on one of the tragedies of Jewish and modern world history. But that is what Jonathan Neumann succeeds in doing in this consistently absorbing and important book. Keep some tissues handy — if you love Judaism and Israel, you might shed tears.
— DENNIS PRAGER, Nationally syndicated radio host

Nothing short of a lethal indictment – actually a conviction – of the leadership of liberal Judaism, documenting the distortion and destruction wreaked by an assortment of misguided and agenda-driven left-wing icons and activists during the past half century.
— R. Avraham Gordimer, Chairman of the Rabbinic Circle of the Coalition for Jewish Values

This is a turning point, a moment of awakening about just how bad things have gotten, how distorted Judaism has become. Well written, deep, textually aware, thoughtful, idea-driven rather than ad-hominem. This is the book to return sanity to Judaism.
— GIL STUDENT, Rabbinical Alliance of America

Bravo to Jonathan Neumann for calling us out for losing our balance... Neumann’s timely book unleashes a powerful intellectual fusillade in what must become the great fight of our lives.
— Gil Troy, Professor of History, McGill University

An important new book. The tikkun-olamers, Neuman shows in painful detail, have cherry-picked the Bible to reinterpret the decisive events of Jewish history in their cause... The Jewish Left’s version of tikkun olam reduces a robust religious tradition into contemporary progressive talking points, to human will with a mild Yiddish accent… Neumann is a right-winger like me, and I relish his excoriation of the Jewish left.
— David P. Goldman, author of "How Civilizations Die", "Spengler" column in Asia Times, editor First Things

A knowledgeable Hebraic critic considers a concept honored by the vast majority of his co-religionists and finds it all wrong.
— Kirkus Reviews

The work will spark useful discussions about the intersections of Judaism and politics.
— Publishers Weekly

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...

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