Alan Dershowitz vs. The Jewish People

By Hertzel Fishman

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), June 1998

Professor Alan Dershowitz's book, The Vanishing American Jew (Little, Brown and Company, New York, 1997) is reviewed here at great length because it expresses a controversial position of a concerned Jew whose reputation as a very successful American defense lawyer has propelled him to address countless meetings of Jewish Federations and university students throughout the United States. The volume warrants serious analysis because it affects the future of Jewish peoplehood, and specifically Jewish education. In this review, the author opposes Dershowitz's vision of a secular Judaism, and claims that this vision ignores the centrality of God, covenant and Jewish practice, in favor of a "wishful-thinking universalism."

Topic: Theology, Jewish Identification, Publications, Religion, Secularism

Name of Publication: AVAR ve'ATID: A Journal of Jewish Education, Culture and Discourse

Page Number(s): 105-130

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Fishman, Hertzel. Alan Dershowitz vs. The Jewish People. AVAR ve'ATID: A Journal of Jewish Education, Culture and Discourse. Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). June 1998: 105-130.


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