A Jew in search of modern Jewishness

This Is Not the Way: Jews, Judaism and Israel by David J Goldberg. Faber and Faber, €18.90. Reviewed by Jon Ihle.

28th April, 2012
A Jew in search of modern Jewishness
A modern Orthodox Jew, a recently drafted IDF soldier and an ultra-Orthodox Jew pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photo: Getty

This Is Not The Way: Jews, Judaism and Israel by David J Goldberg


When the 1960s Jewish radical Abbie Hoffman berated Julius Hoffman (no relation), the presiding judge at the infamous trial of the Chicago Seven, saying that he was a "shanda fur die goyim" - a disgrace before the gentiles - Americans were treated not just to a lesson in pithy Yiddish, but also to the morbid spectacle of Jewish intra-communal dispute.

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