Teaching Israeli History: The Unbearable Heaviness of Jewish Power

By Derek J. Penslar

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2002

Penslar considers Israel studies courses at American universities through the lens of his own experience as a professor and the great challenge of facing Israel's history head-on, without denial, exaggeration, apologetics or accusation. As courses on Israel proliferate, he says, Israel will be better understood by young people. Understanding promotes empathy and with it a balanced approach, with the caveat that a balanced approach is not tantamount to adopting Zionist ideology or supporting current Israeli governmental policy.

Topic: Israel Education, Israel Attachment, Judaic Studies, Post-Secondary Education, Jewish Studies, Scholarship, Higher Education, Academic Research, Zionism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.33/no.596

Page Number(s): 6-7

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Penslar, Derek J. Teaching Israeli History: The Unbearable Heaviness of Jewish Power. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2002: 6-7. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7865


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