In Conversation with Dana Barrett, Local Media Personality
Community Partners: Congregation Etz Chaim.
On October 27, 2018, the synagogue where New York Times writer and editor Bari Weiss became a bat mitzvah was the site of the deadliest attack on Jews in this country’s history. For most Americans, the massacre at Tree of Life came as a total shock. But to those who have been paying attention, it was only a more violent, extreme expression of the broader trend that has been sweeping Europe for the past two decades.
No longer the exclusive province of the far-right and far-left, anti-Semitism finds a home in the renewal of “America First” isolationism and the rise of one-world socialism. An ancient hatred increasingly allowed into modern political discussion, anti-Semitism has been migrating toward the mainstream in dangerous ways, amplified by social media and a culture of conspiracy that threatens us all.
This timely book is Weiss’s cri de coeur: an unnerving reminder that Jews must never lose their hard-won instinct for danger, and a powerful case for renewing Jewish and liberal values to guide us through this uncertain moment. Not just for the sake of America’s Jews, but for the sake of America.
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