Wrestling in the Day­light: A Rabbi’s Path to Pales­tinian Sol­i­dar­ity

Brant Rosen

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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.

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