Jews and Words

Type: essays

First Published: 2012

Novelist Amos Oz and historian Fania Oz-Salzberger roam the gamut of Jewish history to explain the integral relationship of Jews and words. Through a blend of storytelling and scholarship, conversation and argument, father and daughter tell the tales behind Judaism’s most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips.

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Editions of the book: 1

Translated into: English (Soon in Hebrew, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch).

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 Jews and Words is a wonderful, a great essay…. The line ‘Ours is not a bloodline but a textline’ is a drum beat.

Jürgen Habermas

Absolument passionnant.

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Thrilling and entertaining, Jews and Words challenges clichés and stereotypes at every page. Its tone is half serious and half humorous, mixing a mastery of its subject with an informal touch. It promises to be very controversial and widely read.

Mario Vargas Llosa

Captivating, troubling and exhilarating — all three of these adjectives apply with equal force to Jews and Words, an important and invigorating contemplation of the shared experiences and values that have always defined the Jewish people.

Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal