The Jew and the Other

Esther Ben­bas­sa; Jean-Christophe Attias; G.M. Gosh­gar­i­an, trans.
  • Review
By – September 28, 2012

This short but pro­found book is filled with impor­tant insights into the long tra­di­tion of Jew­ish and non – Jew­ish dia­logue. Ben­bas­sa and Attias chron­i­cle the intri­cate and mar­velous devel­op­ment of the exchange of Jew­ish thought with Chris­t­ian and Mus­lim think­ing and how all three strands found their way into Jew­ish history. 

The con­cept of dia­logue is the con­cept of shar­ing ideas, of lis­ten­ing to and learn­ing from the ideas of oth­ers. Whether the sub­ject mat­ter is fem­i­nism or Islam, it is fun­da­men­tal to lib­er­al Jew­ish thought.

Mic­ah D. Halpern is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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