I hold the book “Why we remain Jews” in my hands. This book is written by Vladimir Tsesis who currently authored several remarkable books, and all of them are so much different in style, genre and philosophy. This one has an alive nature, and it breathes and changes along with the protagonist who is growing up from a curious little boy that investigated the world around, to a seasoned philosopher. One of the first and the main question that amazed him was about our beliefs and the wisdom of the universe, which he felt as the divine presence. From his childhood the boy watched Jewish traditions which were silently though respectfully abided by in the family. Nobody guided him in that direction, so he addressed all the questions to the books. With time his research and analysis became more profound in many fields. He turned into a true erudite. The book reveals the coherent cosmogony theory which is supported by the latest knowledge and scientific achievements. When the author describes the wisdom of the Jewish tradition he shows the inextricable connection between science and religion. Jewish religion makes the Jewish traditions alive and strong to survive all the hardships of life. The thoughts that the Jewish traditions are permeated with humaneness and love of life are beautifully presented with poetic profoundness. And the main idea of this story is that the tradition is alive only when it's supported by people. That is why we remain Jews. When you feel that this dignified responsibility is placed on your shoulders your heart starts beating with pride due to the complicity. Another richness of this book that captivates the reader is the beauty and sensitivity of the language. The sincerity of the story shows that the life journey to the faith was written from the heart.
This book tells the tale of a Russian boy who felt that there must be a higher power out there, a God perhaps. But he can't get his Soviet era father to talk to him about it, at the risk of his being sent to a gullag. Still, Vladimir seeks answers. When Jews are finally allowed to emigrate, he and his wife go to Chicago, where he discovers answers to his Jewish heritage. He reconstructs his ethnic and religious background by studying and attending his local synagogue. Imagine trying to learn printed Hebrew at the same time as English! This is an entertaining read of Vladimir's journey to find his family's fundamental roots, an educational and rewarding experience.
This is a very clear and honest presentation of the authors search for spirituality. Having been raised in a society in which religion and God were dismissed as nonsense, this man discovered for himself that something greater must exist. He found it through his own exploration of the world around him.
. Obviously a very smart author who went through the soul sapping anti-semitism and aetheism of Soviet Russia. The story of his evolution from Soviet times are truly inspiring. But to come to the childish view that God actually takes a personal interest in planning our lives and intervenes to help us is shocking. He mentions Fahkenheim who of course holds that there can be no talk of a personal God after the the Shoah. My own view is that God IS evolution, a slow long movement forward toward justice and empathy and successful life. God is hope, that the future will be better. I really cannot understand this nonsense about hanging out with "pastor" Hagee and GLENN BECK of all people. Hagee believes the end of times are coming and Jews will have to convert to be in the rapture. Glenn Back is so wacky Fox News got rid of him. The whole point of a Jewish education is to gain a Yiddisha cop, which knows that this stuff is bad news!