I Am Jewish
Personal Reflections Inspired By The Last Words Of Daniel Pearl
Edited by Judea and Ruth Pearl
Jewish Lights Publishing: 2005
Being Jewish. What does it meantodayand 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 communitys 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.
This inspiring collection presents answers from Jewish people around the worldartists, entertainers, government leaders, authors, media personalities, scientists, community organizers, scholars, rabbis, and otherscovering the religious, professional, and political spectrum. They explore:
IdentityOur relationship to ourselves, how we define who we are in the most fundamental way.
HeritageOur relationship to family, community, culture, tradition, and our collective history.
Covenant, Chosenness, and FaithOur relationship to G-d, our understanding of the relationship between G-d and the Jewish people, and our understanding of Judaism as a religion.
Humanity and EthnicityOur relationship to others who are not part of the Jewish people. How does a sense of particularism relate to the universal themes and teachings of Judaism?
Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) and JusticeOur relationship to the larger world, and what "I am Jewish" means for what we do with our lives as we address our responsibilities in the world.
In this critical time in our history, I Am Jewish will motivate people throughout the Jewish community to think about their lives as Jews, and have a profound effect on the way younger Jews shape their identity in years to come. It will help people of all faiths and backgrounds to better understand Jewish people and Judaism.
Edgar M. Bronfman
Thomas L. Friedman
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Deborah E. Lipstadt
Ruth W. Messinger
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi
Harold M. Schulweis
Michael H. Steinhardt
Lawrence H. Summers
Sherwin T. Wine
Ruth R. Wisse
A. B. Yehoshua
Eric H. Yoffie