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date: 26 October 2021

p. 734. Politicslocked

p. 734. Politicslocked

  • David N. Myers

Abstract

Jews have been political animals throughout their history, using their powers of discernment to frame a strong sense of communal identity. They also have demonstrated the ability to leverage the assets they possess to live and thrive in challenging environments, usually by allying themselves with state power. “Politics” explores three defining relationships that have engaged and left a deep imprint on Jews as political actors: Jews and the community, Jews and the state, and Jews and the self. It concludes with two contrasting forms of sovereignty: one rooted in the State of Israel and the other in the diaspora, especially in North America, which represent the two main demographic and political centers in the Jewish world.

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