Jews and the Military
Derek J. Penslar
“This book recovers the history o the Jewish soldierin the diaspora—rom the seventeenth century tothe middle o the twentieth century—and connectsthis to the early military history o the state o Israel.Combining a consummate command o the extantscholarship with sophisticated analysis, and encom-passing a broad array o questions and sources, itis social and cultural history at its best. There is abso-lutely nothing like it in any language.”—David Sorkin, City University o New York,Graduate Center“This book oers a new comparative history o statepolicy toward Jewish army service and rethinksmodern Jewish political culture through the lens o military service. Demolishing the myth o diasporaJewish pacism, Penslar shows that attitudes towardsoldiering and citizenship in Israeli political culturewere anticipated in diaspora Jewish assimilationistand integrationist visions. Jewish historians, histori-ans o modern Europe, and many others will want toread this book.”—Kenneth B. Moss, Johns Hopkins University
Jews and the Military
is the rst comprehensive andcomparative look at Jews’ involvement in the mili-tary and their attitudes toward war rom the 1600suntil the creation o the state o Israel in 1948. Derek Penslar shows that although Jews have oten beendescribed as people who shun the army, in actthey have requently been willing, even eager, to domilitary service, and only a minuscule minority havebeen pacists. Penslar demonstrates that Israel’smilitary ethos did not emerge rom a vacuum andthat long beore the state’s establishment, Jews hada vested interest in military aairs.Derek J. Penslar is the Samuel Zacks Proessor o Jewish History at the University o Toronto andthe Stanley Lewis Proessor o Israel Studies at theUniversity o Oxord.
November 2013. 360 pages. 17 haltones.Cl: 978-0-691-13887-9 $29.95 | £19.95
Jewish Ideas Daily
’s Best Jewish Nonction Booksor 2012
The Legacy o the Patriarch in Judaism,Christianity, and Islam
Jon D. Levenson
, one o the world’s leadingBible scholars, Jon D. Levenson, has given us anincisive and deeply challenging account o the threeAbrahams o Jewish, Christian, and Islamic theology.It may be, he suggests, that we are divided by acommon ancestry and that we need to understandour dierences no less than our commonalities. Abrilliant, well-argued, and much-needed work.”—Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chie Rabbi o theUnited Hebrew Congregations o the CommonwealthA stunning achievement that is certain to provokedebate,
traces how each com-munity has come to revere Abraham as an exemplaro its own distinctive spiritual teachings andpractices. This probing and compelling book alsoreveals how the increasingly conventional notiono the three equally “Abrahamic” religions derivesrom a dangerous misunderstanding o key biblicaland Qur’anic texts, ails to do ull justice to any o the traditions, and is oten biased against Judaism insubtle and pernicious ways.Jon D. Levenson is the Albert A. List Proessor o Jewish Studies at Harvard University.
Library o Jewish Ideas
Cosponsored by the Tikvah Fund
2012. 264 pages.Cl: 978-0-691-15569-2 $29.95 | £19.95
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