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  • MacLehose Press
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Anti-Semitism Revisited: How the Rabbis Made Sense of Hatred

Delphine Horvilleur

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France, The Holocaust, Judaism, Violence in society

An original, challenging approach to analysing anti-semitism by a leading female rabbi

"Anti-Semitism revisited in a wholly original way" Philippe Sands

"Rippling with ideas on every page" Jewish Chronicle

"Tackles the issue [of anti-semitism] from the perspective of a country where its manifestations have been more
vicious and deadly" Financial Times

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur analyses the phenomenon of anti-semitism as it is viewed by those who endure it and who, through narration and literature, succeed in overcoming it. Jewish texts are replete with treatments of anti-semitism, of this endlessly paradoxical hatred, and of the ways in which Jews are perceived by others. But here, the focus is inverted: Anti-Semitism Revisited explores the hatred of Jews as seen through the lens of the sacred texts, rabbinical tradition and Jewish lore.

Delphine Horvilleur gives a voice to those who are too often deprived of one, examining resilience in the face of adversity and the legacy of an ancient hatred that is often misunderstood. An engaging, hopeful and very original examination of anti-semitism: what it means, where it comes from, what are the ancient myths and tropes that are weaponised against Jewish people, and how do we take them apart.

Translated from the French by David Bellos

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Praise for Anti-Semitism Revisited: How the Rabbis Made Sense of Hatred

  • Tackles the issue [of anti-Semitism] from the perspective of a country where its manifestations have been more vicious and deadly - Financial Times

  • Rippling with ideas on every page - Jewish Chronicle

  • Highly recommended - Der Standard

  • Horvilleur's elegantly and ironically written text provides plenty of food for thought - NZZ am Sonntag

  • Provides illuminating insights into exegetical discussions of the rabbinical tradition - Zeit

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Delphine Horvilleur

Delphine Horvilleur is one of the few female Rabbis in France. She was ordained in America, as there was no possibility to study in France as a woman, and belongs to the Mouvement juif libA ral de France. She drew media attention in the wake of the rise of antisemitic attacks and vandalism in France for her consistently compelling case for laicity and her strong feminist stance on social justice issues. She has written for the Washington Post and Haaretz, and is the author of En tenue d'Eve : fA minin, pudeur et judaA sme, and Comment les rabbins font des enfants, both published by Grasset.

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