Seven Pillars of Jewish Denial: Shekinah, Wagner, and the Politics of the Small

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North Atlantic Books, 2004 - History - 99 pages
Raised by an activist mother, Kim Chernin was taught that the politics of religion are just that: politics. As her beliefs evolved, she came to understand the necessity of embracing her Jewish heritage while questioning the notion of taking on Jewishness as a role, religion, and qualifying trait, particularly with respect to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The essays inSeven Pillars of Jewish Denialset forth a justifiable criticism of Israel. Chernin explores memory, survivor's guilt, and denial as debilitating to Jewish consciousness, which cannot see criticism of Israel as morally feasible in an anti-Semitic world. In her view, creating true peace requires understanding and believing that the lives of other human beings matter more than Jewish ideology.

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Kim Chernin is the author of fifteen previous books of fiction and nonfiction, including memoir, poetry, psychological studies, and a psychosociological and religious study of women's search for self. A counselor and consultant with a private practice in Berkeley, California, her most recent work is the novel The Girl Who Went and Saw and Came Back.

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