Israel, the Diaspora, and Jewish Identity
Danny Ben-Moshe, Zohar Segev
Sussex Academic Press, 2007 - Social Science - 353 pages
This book investigates the significance, contribution, and role played by the State of Israel - ideologically and practically - in the identity of Diaspora Jews. It explores the extent and way Israel features in Diaspora identity through a range of issues including: anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, Jewish continuity, the peace process, pro-Israel lobbying, philanthropy, religious thought, and gender. It also looks at the place of Israel in the identity of Jewish communities in eight countries. A unique feature of this volume is that each chapter is followed by short and insightful viewpoints by Israeli and Diaspora commentators, with the book reflecting a dialogue between these different voices from across the Jewish world.