How do American Jews envision their position on the earth? Are they tribal--a humans whose responsibilities expand exclusively to their very own? Or are they prophetic--a gentle unto international locations, operating to fix the realm? The celebrity and the Stripes is an unique, provocative interpretation of the results of those worldviews at the overseas coverage ideals of yankee Jews because the 19th century. Michael Barnett argues that all of it starts off with the political id of yankee Jews. As Jews, they're devoted to their people's survival. As american citizens, they determine with, and think their survival relies on, the yank rules of liberalism, spiritual freedom, and pluralism. This identification and look for inclusion shape a political theology of prophetic Judaism that emphasizes the ancient project of Jews to aid create a global of peace and justice.

The political theology of prophetic Judaism money owed for 2 enduring gains of the international coverage ideals of yankee Jews. They show a sophisticated sensibility, advocating on behalf of human rights, humanitarianism, and foreign legislations and companies. additionally they are suspicious of nationalism--including their very own. opposite to the traditional knowledge that American Jews are natural-born Jewish nationalists, Barnett charts a protracted background of ambivalence; this ambivalence connects their early rejection of Zionism with the present debate relating to their attachment to Israel. And, Barnett contends, this starting to be ambivalence additionally explains the emerging approval for humanitarian and social justice pursuits between American Jews.

Rooted within the realizing of ways background shapes a political community's feel of the area, The celebrity and the Stripes is a daring interpreting of the prior, current, and attainable destiny international regulations of yank Jews.

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