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Words of the Week: Amos Oz

AmosOzA Jew, in my unhalachic opinion, is someone who chooses to share the fate of other Jews, or who is condemned to do so.

Moreover: to be a Jew almost always means to relate mentally to the Jewish past, whether the relation is one of pride or gloom or both together, whether it consists of shame or rebellion or pride or nostalgia.

Moreover: to be a Jew almost always means to relate to the Jewish present, whether the relation is one of fear or confidence, pride in the achievement of Jews or shame for their actions, an urge to deflect them from their path or a compulsion to join them.

And finally: to be a Jew means to feel that wherever a Jew is persecuted for being a Jew—that means you.

Source: Amos Oz, “The Meaning of Homeland” (trans. Nicholas de Lange)

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  1. In my humble opinion Amos Oz is a very wise and farsighted man. And I think I share his understanding of what it means (or who is) a Jew.

  2. Diapason- exact selon l’Univers et la Nature,Amos Oz,et

    “Natura Naturum Vincit”,c’est l’amour.

    Salutations sinceres,

    Annie la Belge

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