Why the Jews?

The Reason for Anti-Semitism, the Most Accurate Predictor of Human Evil
Narrated by: Traber Burns
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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In this seminal work that has spent more than 30 years in print, Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin explain the reasons behind anti-Semitism, the world's preoccupation with the Jews and Israel, and why now more than ever the world needs to confront anti-Jewish sentiment.

Why have Jews been the object of the most enduring and universal hatred in history? Why is the Jewish state the most hated country in the world today? Drawing on extensive historical research, Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin reveal how Judaism's distinctive conceptions of God, law, and peoplehood have rendered the Jews and the Jewish state outsiders and labeled them as threatening. But as Prager and Telushkin are quick to point out, anti-Semitism is not just another ethnic or racial prejudice and is not caused, as so many people falsely believe, by Jewish economic success or the need for scapegoats. Rather, anti-Semitism today, as in the past, is a reaction to Judaism and its distinctive values.

Prager and Telushkin examine in detail how anti-Semitism is a unique hatred - no other prejudice has been as universal, deep, or permanent - and how the concept of the "chosen people" spawned that hatred. They also explore the role of non-Jewish Jews, such as Karl Marx and Noam Chomsky, in provoking anti-Jewish animosity.

In Why the Jews?, Prager and Telushkin identify the seven major forms of anti-Semitism - pagan, Christian, Muslim, enlightenment, leftist, Nazi, and anti-Zionist - and explain why it is impossible in today's world to be an anti-Zionist without being an anti-Semite.

With an eye on the larger picture, Prager and Telushkin express why anti-Semitism threatens more than just Jews and what kind of changes are necessary to achieve a world without hatred.

©2016 Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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It answers the question!

We traveled to Israel 3 weeks ago and were impressed with the safety, serenity, and joy of the Jewish people, in spite of being surrounded by hostile countries and having their enemies live among them also. We walked through all the quarters of the Old City: Armenian, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. The differences between them is stark. Where were we welcomed? Where did we feel safe? Only in the Jewish quarter. We came home with the nagging question, "Why are they so hated?" Finally moved to find out, we listened to this book. The research that went into it is evident. Names, places, dates, circumstances, and outcomes are laid out and easily understood. The narration is dry but does the job. This isn't a novel, after all.

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Excellent account of antisemitism

Essential historical account of antisemitism's roots and why it persists across disparate cultures and peoples.

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Eye Opening!

First book I've read by Dennis Prager although I visit his website often. This book has made me think things through and cleared many things up. I plan on doing more studies in this area and pray that we get a better understanding on this issue while the west still has some freedoms.

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Great summary of the history of anti-semitism

Loved this overview of the human root cause and history of anti-semitism. I think they missed one big thing, though, and that's the spiritual warfare aspect of it all. It seems very clear that the Enemy wants to do away with God's chosen people.

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best book

incredibly eye opening, you will want to hear many times. loads of info and analyses

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In the days of Ilhan Omar

What great insights for a non Jew to read
How clear it is what Omar Tlaib Cortez and Presley stand for just more Marxist anti semites waiting for their day to arrive

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Insightful information

I enjoyed the thorough history of Judaism and application to our day. I would like to have heard it read by Dennis Prager himself.

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Truth revealed

This book reveals a truth that can only be disputed by those who have already been corrupted by hate and anti-semitism. It’s well worth reading for its wisdom and eye opening incite.

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The best book on anti-semitism!

Long-lasting myths are debunked and a coherent thesis is supported by strong arguments and several historic examples.
The best book I’ve read on the subject and a must read for all those who seek a better world for our children (Jews and non-Jews alike).

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WITHOUT A DOUBT THE GREATEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ

Easy to listen to and absorb... loved the book and will listen to it over again. Should be the textbook for teaching everyone about Jew hatred... especially in these sad times we find ourselves in again, in the 21st century!!! Unfathomably!!!