Why Are Jews Liberals? by Norman Podhoretz

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From the bestselling author of World War IV, a brilliant investigation of a central question in American politics and culture.

During his career as a neoconservative thinker, Norman Podhoretz has been asked no question more often than “Why are so many Jews liberals?” In this provocative book he sets out to solve this puzzle. He first offers a fascinating account of anti-Semitism in the West to show the historical roots of Jewish mistrust of the right. But, Podhoretz argues, since the Six Day War of 1967 Jewish allegiance to the left no longer makes sense, and yet most Jews continue supporting the Democratic Party and the liberal agenda. Reviewing the history of Jewish political attitudes and examining the available evidence, Podhoretz argues against the conventional explanations for Jewish liberalism—finally proposing his own.




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About Norman Podhoretz

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NORMAN PODHORETZ, who was the editor in chief of Commentary for thirty-five years, is now an adjunct fellow of the Hudson Institute and the author of numerous bestselling books, including Making It, Breaking Ranks, Ex-Friends, My Love Affair with America, The Prophets, and World War IV. He holds the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
 
Published August 22, 2009 by Vintage. 352 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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In his new book, Norman Podhoretz has some fine exasperated fun with the wildness of interpretation on the Jewish left, and of course spares the Jewish right any culpability for the same sin.

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The New York Times

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As if from the pulpit, he scolds that “where the Torah of contemporary liberalism conflicts with the Torah of Judaism, it is the Torah of liberalism that prevails and the Torah of Judaism that must give way.” So American Jewish liberals are not only bad Americans, they are also bad Jews.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Jews are the least religious group in America—just 16% of Jews attend services at least monthly, and 42% of Jews attend not at all.

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Examiner

The political majority, which underscored this leftist bent, was based on Jews descended from the ghettos of Europe -- Ashkenazi Jews.

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The Washington Post

"Anti-Semitism was now disguising itself as anti-Zionism," he complains, dismissing worthwhile debate about the Arab-Israeli conflict while wondering why Jews can't reconcile with pro-Israel evangelical Christians and why Jews overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama ("the stealth candidate .

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American Thinker

... Liberal Jews and the Legacy of Neoconservatism ..... Wiliam J. Bennett, James Q.
Wilson, and John Bolton, to name just a few admired ... the erudite editor of the
Claremont Review of Books, modern conservatism is built upon ...

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American Thinker

... He lied about Ayers and the authorship of his books. Can the media .... The
Public Option Roach Motel. Eric Singer ..... September 11, 2009.

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Tablet Magazine

Of course, I believe it is a crazy option because it makes many non Jews feel many jews do not really root for America (the movies, the writers, the reporters, the professors, in which so many jews are prominent are relentless social critics of the US.

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