Understanding the Jews, Understanding Anti-Semitism
Understanding the Jews, Understanding Anti-Semitism is the perfect companion to the much larger book by Hervé Ryssen entitled History of Anti-Semitism.
Everyone talks about the Jews, but very few people really know them. Who are they? What makes them different from everyone else? These questions are of increasingly vital importance since the Jewish people play a central role in the evolution of humanity. Marx, Freud and Einstein are often cited, who long personified the genius of Judaism.
Today, the Jewish contribution to world culture is an extraordinarily rich one. Their love of equality and tolerance and their untiring struggle for human rights make them the world’s foremost defenders of democratic ideals. How then, can one explain anti-Semitism?
This book is a summary of six books written by Ryssen, published between 2005 and 2010, constituting the most important study on the Jewish mind ever published. All the quotations that you will read are precisely referenced in at least one of these books. The number of references is nevertheless sufficient to enable the reader to observe the extraordinary homogeneity of Jewish cosmopolitan thought, over the centuries and across all borders.
The Jews have always avoided mixing with the goyim. This is how they have always managed to survive over the centuries and persist where other civilizations have disappeared. The struggle against assimilation, in particular, is a constant priority. Former Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir, declared: “The greatest danger threatening Jewish life comes not from anti-Semitism . . . but from assimilation and mixed marriages.” Rabbis never tire of warning young Jews against this plague.
By HERVÉ RYSSEN
Translated into English by CARLOS PORTER
Softcover, 90 pages