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WHY I AM A JEW BY EDMOND FLEG TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY LOUISE WATERMAN WISE VITH A FOREWORD BY STEPHEN S WISE NEW YORK BLOCK PUBLISHING COMPANY Tbe Jewish Book Concern 933 DEDICATED TO MY GRANDSON who is not yet born FOREWORD From time to time Jewish books come out of France which arrest the attention of the Jewish world Such a book was Darmesteters Hebrew Prophets the richness of the content eualled by the beauty of the style Pallieres Unknown Sanctuary not written by a Jew came not very long ago as a revelation to those who had not heard of the thrilling uest of a sanctuary by one pre paring as he imagined for the Catholic priesthood Each of these a document of the first importance The one an involuntary tribute by one Jewishly self exiled the other the passionately eager song of a soul finding home at the altar of Judea And recently another of the sons of French Jewry Edmond Fleg has renewed the unfading glory of the Franco Judean literary tradition which includes the immortal name of Rashi of Troyes This glory seems to shine most brightly when Jewish life is at its darkest for literature meaningful and rich is not so much the utterance of fullness of life as the prophecy of a happier by a poorer age Why I am a Jew by Edmond Fleg belongs to vii viii FOREWORD a s Managerial Decision Making uest of a sanctuary by one pre paring as he imagined for the Catholic priesthood Each of these a document of the first importance The one an involuntary tribute by one Jewishly self exiled the other the passionately eager song of a soul finding home at the altar of Judea And recently another of the sons of French Jewry Edmond Fleg has renewed the His Punishment unfading glory of the Franco Judean literary tradition which includes the immortal name of Rashi of Troyes This glory seems to shine most brightly when Jewish life is at its darkest for literature meaningful and rich is not so much the Himig Ng Sinag: MGA Piling Tula utterance of fullness of life as the prophecy of a happier by a poorer age Why I am a Jew by Edmond Fleg belongs to vii viii FOREWORD a s

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Eries of little books published under the general title Leurs Raisons It is a chapter in an auto biography which includes The Child Prophet and strange though this may sound The Life of Moses For Edmond Fleg is another of the Shomerim watchmen upon the tower prophets of an unex pected renaissance in one of the oldest and as it seemed least vital of world Jewries France Why I am a Jew is an atypical narrative of a Jewish experience The tale written with Gallic charm and Hebraic warmth for an unborn grand child is of the life of a Jewish child reared in the alienative atmosphere of an outwardly Orthodox but basically unobservant Jewish home Comes the environment of secularism in school and college which in a dominantly Christian world is deeply and pervasively Christian and then LAffaire the testing of France though France knew it not by the Dreyfus trial to France a test and for some great Jews such as Herzl Nordau and Fleg revealing and cleansing And yet for Fleg this was not enough and in the arena of his innermost life battles remained to be fought battles of the intel lectual life wars of the spirit with the tempting hosts of doubt and cynicism It was not easy to make his way back to that which in essence lay behind him Escape tempted Freedom beckoned But the call of The Test under the general title Leurs Raisons It is a chapter in an auto biography which includes The Child Prophet and strange though this may sound The Life of Moses For Edmond Fleg is another of the Shomerim watchmen The Test: Taken By The Men Who Raised Me upon the tower prophets of an Teacher Evaluation in Music: A Guide for Music Teachers in the Us unex pected renaissance in one of the oldest and as it seemed least vital of world Jewries France Why I am a Jew is an atypical narrative of a Jewish experience The tale written with Gallic charm and Hebraic warmth for an Reticence unborn grand child is of the life of a Jewish child reared in the alienative atmosphere of an outwardly Orthodox but basically Peloponnesian War unobservant Jewish home Comes the environment of secularism in school and college which in a dominantly Christian world is deeply and pervasively Christian and then LAffaire the testing of France though France knew it not by the Dreyfus trial to France a test and for some great Jews such as Herzl Nordau and Fleg revealing and cleansing And yet for Fleg this was not enough and in the arena of his innermost life battles remained to be fought battles of the intel lectual life wars of the spirit with the tempting hosts of doubt and cynicism It was not easy to make his way back to that which in essence lay behind him Escape tempted Freedom beckoned But the call of

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FOREWORD ix truth was most imperious to his soul And in the end he suffered no lesser considerations than those of truth to govern his decision to take his place once again with his people Since his return he has given much to his peoples cause in a series of books which are as vital as his re born faith and his re won loyalty While yet a very young man Fleg became eye witness in one of its earlier Congresses of the Zion ist what shall we call it movement or cataclysm And Fleg prepared by much that had gone before found therein not so much reason as justification not so much proof as prophecy of the ultimate faith that became his own There are books which are called epochal because they give rise to epochs Why I am a Jew is epochal in another sense in sum ming up an epoch in the life of Westernized de ghettoized Jews who think as humans philosophize as Westerners feel as Jews Over and beyond the closely knit reasoning for the faith that is in Fleg his is a lyrical exultation over the faith that finding good he longs to hand on to childrens children Mystic is his exaltation of a faith which because most simple and free from complexities and subtle ties allows fullest play for that direct immediate unimpeded access to the Truth of Truths which is the religion of his peop The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness ultimate faith that became his own There are books which are called epochal because they give rise to epochs Why I am a Jew is epochal in another sense in sum ming The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness up an epoch in the life of Westernized de ghettoized Jews who think as humans philosophize as Westerners feel as Jews Over and beyond the closely knit reasoning for the faith that is in Fleg his is a lyrical exultation over the faith that finding good he longs to hand on to childrens children Mystic is his exaltation of a faith which because most simple and free from complexities and subtle ties allows fullest play for that direct immediate Kokoro: de wegen van het hart unimpeded access to the Truth of Truths which is the religion of his peop


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    Not an easy text to read It was published in 1929Recently my Jewish friend asked me a poignant uestion Why the Jews are so hated? I said the world hates the God that the Jews represent and the fact that this God had anointed them as the chosen people Never mind that so many Jews these days are secular or even buy into the notion that they are the chosen people I knew my answer was less than satisfactory even to my own conscience The truth is I don't really know why the Jews are so hated by the world and I know this is happening because I don't know how to entertain such hatred But really though why do we singled out the Jews of all people the way we do? They got the blamed for everything under the sun The fact is the Jews as people did so many good deeds and no signs of stopping even now in spite of for the benefits of humanity as a whole We aren't supposed to behave like this to our fellow human beings but history proved that we did We did a lot of horrendous things to each other particular to the Jews We aren't supposed to be enemies with each other; we can blamed our forefathers for being misguided and ignorant; sadly we don't do much better either These days which I find it alarming is that antisemitism and anti Israel is one and the same; that's really food for thought is it not?While I disagree with several of the author's arguments on Christianity I agree with him on the following uote and sadly it's still relevant today If Christians have persecuted Jews and they have hideously done so and still do it is because they neither possess Christian virtues nor Christian beliefs; they are still pagans for one cannot be anti Jewish without being anti Christian pg 76 For further reading The Anti Israel Agenda by Alex Ryvchin Chapter 9 Israel and the Church Allies or Enemies?I believe one of the ways to combat antisemitism is for the non Jews to stop sitting on the fence or remain indifferent by the antisemitism activities around us Take action nip it in the but before it has chance to blossom It must be strange for a non Jew to read this book but I am a curious reader it's take me places and it had been an educational and sobering read Say you're a Jew whom lost your way or don't know any what it meant to be a Jew my friend this book is for you