Violence and Defense in the Jewish...

Violence has always existed, and the Jews have been its victims for thousands of years in all parts of the world and in all periods of history. The book presents the fruits of the colloquium on Violence and Defense in Jewish History held in Tel-Aviv in 1974.

Opening Remarks YUVAL NE’EMAN This seminar on the subject of violence and defense in Jewish his-tory and contemporary life has been initiated by George S. Wise, the lifetime chancellor of Tel Aviv University, to mark the inaugu-ration of the university’s Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Stud-ies. We meet in Tel Aviv, the city which— with all due respect to the capital, Jerusalem— can be regarded as the center of the modern Jewish national rebirth. Indeed, the city of Tel Aviv, the seat of our university, is today the hub of all Israeli life and activity. It is also the center, as it always was, of the country’s defense system. We need only recount that in prestate days Tel Aviv was the headquar-ters of the various defense organizations; and it is in keeping with the city’s tradition that when a university was established here among the first departments to be created was a department of military history. There are altogether about fifteen such academic departments throughout the world, and the only one in Israel is to be found at our university. It is out of his profound historical sense that George Wise has called this conference into being. He has grasped the need for some kind of recapitulation of Jewish attitudes toward the issues of violence and defense, particularly in the wake of the Yom Kip-   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

Violence and Defense in the Jewish Experience


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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyrightContentsForewordOpening RemarksViolence and Defense in the Jewish ExperienceIntroductionPart One The Ancient and Medieval Periods1 Review of the History2 The Situational Ethics of Violence in the Biblical Period3 Violence and Tranquility in Ancient Israel: An Archaelogical View4 Jewish Doctrines and Practices in the Hellenistic and Talmudic Periods5 Jewish Doctrines and Practices in Halakhic and Aggadic Literature6 Violence and the Value of Life: The Halakhic View7 War, Conquest, and the Treatment of Religious Minorities in Medieval IslamPart Two The Modern and Contemporary Periods8 Review of the History9 Muslim-Arab Attitudes Toward Jews in the Ottoman and Modern Periods10 Violence and the Jew in Nazi Ideology11 Soviet Policy Versus the Jewish State12 Anti-Semitism in Latin America13 Self-Denial and Self-Preservation: Responses to Anti-Semitism Among American Jews14 The Role of Communal Workers in Jewish Self-Defense15 Law and Reality in Israel TodayAfterwordContributorsIndex
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