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Wrestling with an Angel: Power, Morality, and Jewish Identity

Ehud Luz


By regaining for the Jewish people the capacity to deploy force, Zionism posed moral dilemmas for the Jews that for many generations, living in exile, they had not had to confront. The return to full political life and the use of military force involved a profound revolution in the Jewish identity and aroused deep and painful misgivings. This thought-provoking book examines how the forging of a new moral stance on the use of force has affected Jewish identity in the Land of Israel and throughout the world. Drawing on historiography, philosophy, social commentary, ideological tracts, and belles ... More

Keywords: Zionism, political life, military force, morality, Jewish identity, sovereignty, prophetic literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300092936
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ehud Luz, author