A HISTORY OF THE CONTEMPORARY JEWS by Solomon Grayzel

A HISTORY OF THE CONTEMPORARY JEWS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is one of the healthiest and most realistic books about contemporary American Judaism and Zionism that has been written. For any Gentile who wishes to understand the meaning of the State of Israel to the Jews of the Diaspora, and the essential differences in the three divisions -- Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform -- of American Jewry; and for any Jew who desires to know more about the recent history of his people, this is a clear-headed guidebook full of sympathy and optimism. Rabbi Grayzel, a distinguished Jewish author and educator, has pointed out why Jewish loyalty to the adopted homelands of the Diaspora was for a time something of a deterrent to Zionism, and he is very specific in his reasons for believing Israel will not become a theocratic state. The outlook here should be welcomed by all American Jews who take a sincere interest in their cultural life in this country as well as in the future of Israel.

Publisher: Meridian & The Jewish Publication Society of Ameri