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Judaism or Jewish Nationalism: The Alternative to Zionism, by Elmer Berger

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Rabbi Elmer Berger, ideologue and chief architect of the American Council for Judaism, has written an apologia for the Council’s views and activities. The book is singularly defensive, setting out to refute charges that the Council misrepresents Jews and Judaism, that it is anti-Israel and pro-Arab, that it accuses other Jews of dual loyalty, that it provides aid and comfort to anti-Semites, that it is “assimilationist.” In his defense of the Council Rabbi Berger discourses on the evils not only of Zionism and Jewish nationalism, but also of “non-Zionism,” which, in his eyes, shares responsibility with Zionism for the sad decline of American Judaism.

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