I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl

I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl

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Overview

Being Jewish. What does it mean—today—and for the future? Listen in as Jews of all backgrounds reflect, argue, and imagine.

When Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was brutally murdered in Pakistan, many Jews were particularly touched by his last words affirming his Jewish identity. Many were moved to reflect on or analyze their feelings toward their lives as Jews.

The saying "two Jews, three opinions" well reflects the Jewish community's broad range of views on any topic. I Am Jewish captures this richness of interpretation and inspires Jewish people of all backgrounds to reflect upon and take pride in their identity.

Contributions, ranging from major essays to a paragraph or a sentence, come from adults as well as young people in the form of personal feelings, statements of theology, life stories, and historical reflections. Despite the diversity, common denominators shine through clearly and distinctly.

Contributors include:
Ehud Barak • Sylvia Boorstein • Edgar M. Bronfman • Alan Colmes • Alan Dershowitz • Kirk Douglas • Richard Dreyfuss • Kitty Dukakis • Dianne Feinstein • Tovah Feldshuh • Debbie Friedman • Milton Friedman • Thomas L. Friedman • Ruth Bader Ginsburg • Nadine Gordimer • David Hartman • Moshe Katsav • Larry King • Francine Klagsbrun • Harold Kushner • Lawrence Kushner • Shia LaBeouf • Norman Lamm • Norman Lear • Julius Lester • Bernard-Henri Lévy • Bernard Lewis • Daniel Libeskind • Joe Lieberman • Deborah E. Lipstadt • Joshua Malina • Michael Medved • Ruth W. Messinger • Amos Oz • Cynthia Ozick • Shimon Peres • Martin Peretz • Dennis Prager • Anne Roiphe • Sandy Eisenberg Sasso • Vidal Sassoon • Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi • Daniel Schorr • Harold M. Schulweis • Lynn Schusterman • Natan Sharansky • Gary Shteyngart • Sarah Silverman • Michael H. Steinhardt • Kerri Strug • Lawrence H. Summers • Mike Wallace • Elie Wiesel • Leon Wieseltier • Sherwin T. Wine • Ruth R. Wisse • Peter Yarrow • A. B. Yehoshua • Eric H. Yoffie

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580234894
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 488,364
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Judea and Ruth Pearl, the parents of Daniel Pearl, are cofounders of the Daniel Pearl Foundation (www.danielpearl.org). The Foundation's mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music and innovative communications.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note xv Preface xvii PART I: IDENTITY PART II: HERITAGE HERITAGE Shimon Peres 45 Cynthia Ozick 49 Ruth Pearl 50 Larry King 51 Sarah Rosenbaum 54 W. Michael Blumenthal 54 Tamara Pearl 55 Spencer Newman 56 Sylvia Boorstein 57 David J. Azrieli 60 Martin Peretz 60 Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine 63 Jade Ransohoff 65 Wendy Wasserstein 65 Avraham Burg 3 Ruth R. Wisse 7 Joshua Malina 10 Irwin Cotler 10 Lawrence H. Summers 13 Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter- Shalomi 14 The Right Honourable The Lord Woolf 18 Angela Warnick Buchdahl 19 A. B. Yehoshua 20 Michael Chlenov 23 Daniel Schorr 23 Stefanie Stoler 28 Maureen Lipman 28 Mike Wallace 30 Natan Sharansky 31 Norman Lear 34 David Horovitz 34 Kitty Dukakis 36 Jamie Sistino 37 Thomas L. Friedman 37 Bernice Rubens 40 Leon Botstein 41 CONTENTS viii PART III: COVENANT, CHOSENNESS, AND FAITH Senator Joe Lieberman 107 Robyn J. Friedman 108 Dr. David Hartman 109 Eric H. Yoffie 114 Sarah Levin 117 Alan Dershowitz 117 Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 120 Felicia Lilien 121 Arno Penzias 122 Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann 124 Shia LaBeouf 126 Sandy Eisenberg Sasso 127 Amos Oz 131 Samantha Schram 132 Rabbi Israel Meir Lau 132 Leon Wieseltier 134 Naomi Ragen 136 Gershom Sizomu 137 Michael H. Steinhardt 139 Dennis Prager 140 Kirk Douglas 142 Dr. Richard A. Lerner 143 Julius Lester 144 Sarah Silverman 66 Moshe Katsav 67 Amanda 70 Lord Greville Janner 70 Alana Frey 73 Itay 75 Richard Dreyfuss 75 Roald Hoffmann 76 Vidal Sassoon 77 Ida Haendel 78 Daniel Libeskind 79 Jackie Mason 80 Maurice Lévy 81 Rabbi Rachel B. Cowan 82 Milton Friedman 84 Liz Lerman 84 Daniel Gill 85 David Suissa 86 Yefim Bronfman 87 Shelley R. Deutch Tayar 87 Douglas Rushkoff 90 Gloria Goldreich 91 Daniel Jonah Goldhagen 92 Ephraim Kishon 93 Menachem Z. Rosensaft 94 Robert Rabinovitch 96 Naim Dangoor 97 Kerri Strug 98 Sir Martin Gilbert 99 Deborah E. Lipstadt 100 Bernard Lewis 102 CONTENTS ix PART IV: HUMANITY AND ETHNICITY PART V: TIKKUN OLAM (REPAIRING THE WORLD) AND JUSTICE Ruth Bader Ginsburg 201 Jonathan Freedland 202 Stephen H. Hoffman 204 Gary Shteyngart 205 Lynn Schusterman 206 Rabbi Jacqueline Tabick 209 David Colburn 210 Judy Feld Carr 212 Robin Kramer 213 Richard N. Goldman 215 Tullia Zevi 216 Peter Yarrow 217 Francine Klagsbrun 221 Hanoch Greenberg 222 Sjalom Awraham Soetendorp 223 Alan Colmes 225 Ruth W. Messinger 225 Rosalie Silberman Abella 227 Elie Wiesel 169 Samuel G. Freedman 170 Jonathan Sacks 173 Matt Putney 175 Michelle Pearl 176 Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis 177 Ehud Barak 181 Bernard-Henri Lévy 182 David Grossman 185 Tovah Feldshuh 186 Nadine Gordimer 187 Theodore Bikel 188 Judea Pearl 190 Eran Rotshenker 192 Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller 192 Anne Roiphe 194 Dr. Uri D. Herscher 195 Alexander Militarev 197 Chaim Kramer 145 Josef Joffe 146 Rabbi Uri Regev 148 Thane Rosenbaum 152 Richard Siegel 153 Michael Medved 155 Jim Ball 156 Rabbi Kenneth J. Leinwand 157 Norman Lamm 158 Larry S. Moses 161 Rabbi Tony Bayfield 162 Harold Kushner 164 Acknowledgments 243 Glossary 245 Index of Contributors 247 Credits 251 Reader’s Discussion Guide 261

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