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The Genius of Judaism

Bernard-Henri Lévy

From world-renowned public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy comes an incisive and provocative look at the heart of Judaism. "A smart, revealing, and essential book for our times."-The Washington Post For more than four decades, Bernard-Henri Lévy has been a singular figure on the world stage-one of the great moral voices of our time. Now Europe's foremost philosopher and activist confronts his spiritual roots and the religion that has always inspired and shaped him-but that he has never fully reckoned with. The Genius of Judaism is a breathtaking new vision and understanding of what it means to be a Jew, a vision quite different from the one we're used to. It is rooted in the Talmudic traditions of argument and conflict, rather than biblical commandments, borne out in struggle and study, not in blind observance. At the very heart of the matter is an obligation to the other, to the dispossessed, and to the forgotten, an obligation that, as Lévy vividly recounts, he has sought to embody over decades of championing "lost causes," from Bosnia to Africa's forgotten wars, from Libya to the Kurdish Peshmerga's desperate fight against the Islamic State, a battle raging as we speak. Lévy offers a fresh, surprising critique of a new and stealthy form of anti-Semitism on the rise as well as a provocative defense of Israel from the left. He reveals the overlooked Jewish roots of Western democratic ideals and confronts the current Islamist threat while intellectually dismantling it. Jews are not a "chosen people," Lévy explains, but a "treasure" whose spirit must continue to inform moral thinking and courage today. Lévy's most passionate book, and in many ways his most personal, The Genius of Judaism is a great, profound, and hypnotic intellectual reckoning-indeed a call to arms-by one of the keenest and most insightful writers in the world. Praise for The Genius of Judaism "In The Genius of Judaism, Lévy elaborates on his credo by rebutting the pernicious and false logic behind current anti-Semitism and defends Israel a

From world-renowned public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy comes an incisive and provocative look at the heart of Judaism. "A smart, revealing, and essential book for our times."-The Washington Post For more than four decades, Bernard-Henri Lévy has been a singular figure on the world stage-one of the great moral voices of our time. Now Europe's foremost philosopher and activist confronts his spiritual roots and the religion that has always inspired and shaped him-but that he has never fully reckoned with. The Genius of Judaism is a breathtaking new vision and understanding of what it means to be a Jew, a vision quite different from the one we're used to. It is rooted in the Talmudic traditions of argument and conflict, rather than biblical commandments, borne out in struggle and study, not in blind observance. At the very heart of the matter is an obligation to the other, to the dispossessed, and to the forgotten, an obligation that, as Lévy vividly recounts, he has sought to embody over decades of championing "lost causes," from Bosnia to Africa's forgotten wars, from Libya to the Kurdish Peshmerga's desperate fight against the Islamic State, a battle raging as we speak. Lévy offers a fresh, surprising critique of a new and stealthy form of anti-Semitism on the rise as well as a provocative defense of Israel from the left. He reveals the overlooked Jewish roots of Western democratic ideals and confronts the current Islamist threat while intellectually dismantling it. Jews are not a "chosen people," Lévy explains, but a "treasure" whose spirit must continue to inform moral thinking and courage today. Lévy's most passionate book, and in many ways his most personal, The Genius of Judaism is a great, profound, and hypnotic intellectual reckoning-indeed a call to arms-by one of the keenest and most insightful writers in the world. Praise for The Genius of Judaism "In The Genius of Judaism, Lévy elaborates on his credo by rebutting the pernicious and false logic behind current anti-Semitism and defends Israel a
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From world-renowned public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy comes an incisive and provocative look at the heart of Judaism. "A smart, revealing, and essential book for our times."-The Washington Post For more than four decades, Bernard-Henri Lévy has been a singular figure on the world stage-one of the great moral voices of our time. Now Europe's foremost philosopher and activist confronts his spiritual roots and the religion that has always inspired and shaped him-but that he has never fully reckoned with. The Genius of Judaism is a breathtaking new vision and understanding of what it means to be a Jew, a vision quite different from the one we're used to. It is rooted in the Talmudic traditions of argument and conflict, rather than biblical commandments, borne out in struggle and study, not in blind observance. At the very heart of the matter is an obligation to the other, to the dispossessed, and to the forgotten, an obligation that, as Lévy vividly recounts, he has sought to embody over decades of championing "lost causes," from Bosnia to Africa's forgotten wars, from Libya to the Kurdish Peshmerga's desperate fight against the Islamic State, a battle raging as we speak. Lévy offers a fresh, surprising critique of a new and stealthy form of anti-Semitism on the rise as well as a provocative defense of Israel from the left. He reveals the overlooked Jewish roots of Western democratic ideals and confronts the current Islamist threat while intellectually dismantling it. Jews are not a "chosen people," Lévy explains, but a "treasure" whose spirit must continue to inform moral thinking and courage today. Lévy's most passionate book, and in many ways his most personal, The Genius of Judaism is a great, profound, and hypnotic intellectual reckoning-indeed a call to arms-by one of the keenest and most insightful writers in the world. Praise for The Genius of Judaism "In The Genius of Judaism, Lévy elaborates on his credo by rebutting the pernicious and false logic behind current anti-Semitism and defends Israel a

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Bramhall

Length:

9h 44m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:01


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:31


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:22


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:54


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:03


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:34


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:24


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:53


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:26


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:27


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:28


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:36


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:18


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:56


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:28


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:57


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:05


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:47


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:12


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:33


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:07


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:17


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:02


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:56


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:32


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:30


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:36


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:07


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:07


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:07


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:34


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:57


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:05


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:57


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:53


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:23


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:29


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

00:39