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Jewish View of Jewish Elitism, Jewish Cosmopolitanism, Jewish Particularism

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Maurice Samuel (1895-1972) was a Jewish writer and Zionist. He identified himself as a freethinker. (p. 74, 76). He gives some frank insights into Jewish thinking, and I focus on a few of the topics he raises. My review is based on the original 1924 edition.

JEWISH STYLES OF WORSHIP >>more...

Polish Ntionalists: Who are they? POland for the Poles

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Profesor Chodakiewicz i naukowcy Jolanta i Wojciech Muszyńscy postulują by narodowcy odrzucili antyżydowskie postawy, oraz przestali nosić ubrania z demobilu, dresy i w kolorze czarnym i zapuścili długie włosy. >>more...

Judaism as a Civilization: Toward a Reconstruction of American-Jewish Life (Paperback)

Friday, May 1, 2015
This work (review based on original 1934 edition) covers many topics, and I consider a few of them. I especially focus on Jewish Chosenness. For more on this specific subject, by the same author, in his classic 1948 book, please click on, and read my review, of The future of the American Jew. >>more...

4Insights into Theodor Herzl, His Supporters and Non-Supporters, and early Zionism

Friday, May 1, 2015
Theodor Herzl was an atheist. (pp. 22-23). His mindset on the Jewish situation had changed with time. He went from German nationalism to cosmopolitanism, and from cosmopolitanism to a belief in the Jewish exodus from Europe. (p. 131). Herzl’s vision of the State of Israel was one in which the Arabs would welcome the Jews, and both peoples would live in amity. (p. 407). Instead, precisely the opposite happened. >>more...

Varied Jewish Political Capabilities Through Time. Theodor Herzl on Fancied Jewish Power, etc.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Because there are so many matters raised by author Biale, I mention some particularly interesting information, and then focus on a few themes. >>more...

Real Jews: Secular Versus Ultra- Orthodox: The Struggle For Jewish Identity In Israe

Monday, February 9, 2015
There are many reviews of this item already posted. These other reviews inform the reader on the essential content of this work, and I will not repeat them. I take a totally different approach. Although this is not a book on Polish-Jewish relations, I write this review from that vantage point >>more...

Jewish Radicals and Radical Jews

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The title of this book is a little off. The book is as much about the New Left and related movements as it is about Jews in it.

This work also provides information about the history of earlier leftist movements. For instance, Cohen comments, (quote) The BUNDISTS were Radical Jews in the Russia and Poland of the early twentieth century, who, while not supporting a Jewish nationalist movement, proposed a separate Jewish workers' movement committed to socialism within the society in which Jews lived and worked. (unquote). (p. 78). Obviously, Jewish involvement in Communism, here under the euphemism of socialism, and sometimes called the Zydokomuna, was much broader than membership in the Communist Party itself. >>more...

Jewish Experience in Pre-WWII Northwest Poland Brought to Life

Sunday, May 18, 2014
If you are interested in various arcane details about Jewish life in the past, this book is for you. This work is from the viewpoint of specifically named Jews in the text, as well as of Jews in general. >>more...

Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland

Sunday, May 18, 2014
This review is from: Yankel's Tavern: Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland (Hardcover) The author has written a fascinating study that exhibits an obvious attempt at even-handedness. However, in common with many works on this subject, it treats Jews primarily as the servants of nobles and rulers, and devotes insufficient attention to the decision-making freedoms of Jews. The time period of this book is the late 1700's through the mid- and late-1800's, the era of Partition and post-Partition Poland. >>more...

His Social and Economic Value Polish Jew

Sunday, May 18, 2014
This British author's understanding of Jews is quite different from that of westerners [review based on the original 1906 edition], and she points out that her conclusions are supported by eight years' residence in Russian-ruled central Poland. (see the Preface). >>more...
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