Deborah Lipstadt of Emory College has written a helpful new book chronicling the myriad forms of antisemitism. This is useful and necessary but not especially uplifting.

In the book’s final chapter — Celebrating the Good in the Face of the Bad — Lipstadt cautions the reader not to focus on the negative. She explains (p. 241) that Jewish culture and history — not antisemitism — form the foundation of who she is. Antisemitism is not the linchpin of her identity because Jewish tradition (p. 242) “is far too valuable to be tossed aside and replaced with a singular concentration on the fight against hatred.”

This is a wonderful and important reminder especially for secular Jews.

Published by David Enzel

Washington, DC

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