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Futurizing the Jews
by staff writer, Jan 12, 2004
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Endorsement From Professor Arthur B. Shostak,
Sociologist, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA:

Few writers can match Bisk in his in-depth grasp of the situation of world Jewry yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Few have the creativity, the sensitivity, and the chutzpah to make spirit-stretching sense of it. Few are as helpful in enabling us to feel the urgency of the situation, know how high are the stakes, and resolve to do more to assure a 21st century for world Jewry that honors us all, Jew and Gentile alike.

Endorsement From Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi,
author of Paradigm Shift:

Moshe Dror sees a future in which the Cyberworld becomes a new way of Torah adding new tools to make it effective in the emerging paradigm. The reader will discover with delight how an other level has been added to the written and oral Torah; Cyber Torah, the dimension that will dominate future Tikkun Olam.


Bisk and Dror assert that the 21st Century can be the Jewish Century, that no other people is better prepared to face its challenges. However, to do so, a stress on the Jewish Future must replace a preoccupation with the Jewish Past. They offer a neo-Zionist ideological analysis of modern Jewish life as an alternative to both classical Zionism and post-Zionism. They conceptualize a Jewish Grand Strategy by clearly defining and delineating between ideology, policy, grand strategy, strategy and tactics, with compelling proposals for what such a revised Grand Straegy might entail.

They suggest a concept of reinvigorated Israel-Diaspora relations based on this new Grand Strategy and the potential of the Information Technology Revolution. They also offer a conception of Jewish spirituality that could be as appealing to secular as to religious Jews. They reject the concept of a "Nation that Dwells Alone." Throughout the ages, Jews have affected and been affected by the world more than any other People they assert. They also reject the view that suffering is the dominant feature of Jewish history as this lachrymose perception cannot inspire needed Jewish ambitions in the young. They stress the needs of the Jewish person and insist that there can be no real significance to the continued existence of the Jewish People unless the real life, concrete needs of the individual are addressed. As former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations and former Cabinent Minister Gad Yaacobi asserts in his foreword, "The book is original, iconoclastic and in some ways revolutionary....It challenges inherited assumptions and calls for positive action. I believe we have before us a book that must become a reference point for Jewish policy makers as quickly as possible."

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Gad Yaacobi
Introduction-The Task of the Jewish Futurist
The World We Live In
The Triumph of Zionism
Zionism in the 21st Century
The Special Case of American Jewry
Israeli Grand Strategy: A Historical Critique
Reinventing Israeli Grand Strategy
Reinventing Israel-Diaspora Relations
The Future of Arab-Jewish Relations
The Future of Ethnic Relations and Israeli Culture
The Future of Jewish-Christian Relations
The Future of Jewish Identity
The Cyber World We Live In
The Future of Jewish Spirituality
The Future of Jewish Learning
The Jewish Community in Cyberspace

ISBN: 0-275-96908-8
288 pages
Praeger Publishers
Publication Date: November 30, 2003
List Price: $81.95

To Purchase:

URL: http://www.wnrf.org/cms/futurizingthejews_book.shtml

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