The Genius of Judaism

Author(s): Bernard-Henri Levy


From world-renowned public intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy comes an incisive and provocative look at the heart of Judaism. For more than four decades, Bernard-Henri Levy has been a singular figure on the world stage one of the great moral voices of our time. Now Europe's foremost philosopher and activist confronts his spiritual roots and the religion that has always inspired and shaped him but that he has never fully reckoned with. The Genius of Judaism is a breathtaking new vision and understanding of what it means to be a Jew, a vision quite different from the one we re used to. It is rooted in the Talmudic traditions of argument and conflict, rather than biblical commandments, borne out in struggle and study, not in blind observance. At the very heart of the matter is an obligation to the other, to the dispossessed, and to the forgotten, an obligation that, as Levy vividly recounts, he has sought to embody over decades of championing lost causes, from Bosnia to Africa s forgotten wars, from Libya to the Kurdish Peshmerga s desperate fight against the Islamic State, a battle raging as we speak. Levy offers a fresh, surprising critique of a new and stealthy form of anti-Semitism on the rise as well as a provocative defense of Israel from the left. He reveals the overlooked Jewish roots of Western democratic ideals and confronts the current Islamist threat while intellectually dismantling it. Jews are not a chosen people, Levy explains, but a treasure whose spirit must continue to inform moral thinking and courage today. Levy s most passionate book, and in many ways his most personal, The Genius of Judaism is a great, profound, and hypnotic intellectual reckoning indeed a call to arms by one of the keenest and most insightful writers in the world. Praise for Bernard-Henri Levy s Left In Dark Times Moving and inspiring . . . Bernard-Henri Levy, perhaps the most prominent intellectual in France today, [speaks] truth to power. The Boston Globe Continually asking himself as well as others to confront the hard questions, [Levy] produces a text that [is] highly absorbing. The New York Times Book Review [Levy s] discussion of contemporary anti-Semitism is sophisticated, detailed and convincing. Los Angeles Times American Vertigo An entertaining trip, as much in the tradition of Jack Kerouac as Tocqueville. The New York Times Perceptive, pugnacious, passionate [and] exquisitely written. The New York Observer It s difficult to remember when a writer of any nationality so clearly and thoughtfully delineated both the good and bad inAmerica. [Grade: A]. Entertainment Weekly"


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Bernard-Henri Levy is a philosopher, journalist, activist, and filmmaker. Among his dozens of books are American Vertigo, Barbarism with a Human Face, and Who Killed Daniel Pearl? His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications throughout Europe and the United States. His films include the documentaries Bosna! and A Day in the Death of Sarajevo. Levy is co-founder of the antiracist group SOS Racisme and has served on diplomatic missions for the French government."

General Fields

  • : 9780812992724
  • : Random House USA Inc
  • : Random House Inc
  • : January 2017
  • : 235mm X 156mm X 25mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bernard-Henri Levy
  • : Hardback
  • : 296
  • : 304
  • : JFFD