Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity
Just World Books Softcover $19.95 (304pp) 978-1-68257-065-4 This is an honest look at one man’s attempts to find both peace and justice in a thoroughly unjust world.
Wrestling in the Daylight is an unusual work with an idiosyncratic approach—a written documentation of Brant Rosen’s turn away from Zionism.
The origins of Wrestling in the Daylight can be found in the Gaza War of 2008–09. At the time, Rosen self-identified as a Zionist, or at least as an American Jew who supported the idea of an ethnoreligious homeland for Jews in the Middle East. The brutality of the war, which claimed the lives of more than a thousand Palestinians and ruined the infrastructure of Gaza, caused doubts to form in Rosen’s mind.
These doubts were all recorded on Shalom Rav, Rosen’s personal blog. Shalom Rav provides the heart and the guts of Wrestling in the Daylight, with blog posts, blog comments, and responses to those comments providing the bulk of the book’s material. As a result, Rosen’s work provides a very detailed look at how Israel and the political Zionism that philosophically supports its existence are perceived by American Jews.