Israel Has Moved

Diana Pin­to
  • Review
By – July 30, 2013

Pro­fes­sor Pin­to, whose work I hadn’t read until this star­tling book came my way, may well become known as the Han­nah Arendt of the twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry. She holds a Ph.D. in Con­tem­po­rary Jew­ish His­to­ry from Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty and describes her impres­sions of the State of Israel. Her take on the real­i­ties of Israel in a glob­al­ized world will prob­a­bly agi­tate an increas­ing­ly self-sat­is­fied Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty. There may be read­ers whose gan­der will be aroused if and when they read this book, but it won’t go qui­et­ly into the sun­set of com­pla­cen­cy. Like Han­nah Arendt (19061975), feath­ers may be ruf­fled, but that should nev­er be an excuse for disinterest.

Although there is no index, a great deal of thought has gone into the writ­ing of this book and it should be read by all peo­ple of good will, if Israel will move com­fort­ably into the unique times along with its neighbors.

Mor­ton Merowitz holds degrees from Yeshi­va Uni­ver­si­ty, the Drop­sie Col­lege for Hebrew and Cog­nate Learn­ing, and the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York at Buf­fa­lo. He was involved in Jew­ish edu­ca­tion for some ten years and cur­rent­ly reviews non-fic­tion lit­er­a­ture which may be of inter­est and rel­e­vance to stu­dents and teach­ers of Jew­ish studies.

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