Should Soviet Jews Join the Dissidents?

By Arnold Jacob Wolf

Eugene Borowitz, April 14, 1978

The author explores the question of how Jews in the Soviet Union should relate their struggles with the struggles of other repressed peoples in the Soviet Union. If Soviet Jews wish and ask to emigrate, some might argue, they remove themselves from the movement to end oppression and rights-curtailment in the Soviet system, since they are asking to leave that system, the author explains. Others argue that freedom of movement, including the freedom to emigrate, might be considered part and parcel of a larger slate of rights, including the right of religious conscience, free speech, and other rights, writes the author, who also outlines other aspects of this universalist - particularist dilemma facing Russian Jews.

Topic: Civil Rights, Democracy, European Jews, Advocacy, Freedom, Community Relations, Prejudice, Partnerships, Politics, Global Responsibility, Political Behavior, Human Rights, Former Soviet Union (FSU), Soviet Jewry, Russian Jews, Sectarianism, Communism, Diaspora, Ashkenazi Jews, Activism, Ideology, Discrimination

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

Editor: Borowitz, Eugene B.

Volume/Issue: Vol.8/no.153

Page Number(s): 116-120

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Europe , United States , USSR

Language: English

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Wolf, Arnold Jacob. Should Soviet Jews Join the Dissidents?. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Eugene Borowitz. 14 April 1978: 116-120.


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