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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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Next Year in Jerusalem

Next Year in Jerusalem

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(p.261) Next Year in Jerusalem
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Beginning to See the Light
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Ellen Willis

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.003.0028

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about her brother’s decision to embrace Judaism in its most extreme, absolutist form. She recounts her reaction to the news as a kind of primal dread. In her universe, intelligent, sensible people who had grown up in secular homes in the second half of the twentieth century did not embrace biblical fundamentalism—let alone arrive at it through an “intellectual process.” Her brother was highly intelligent, had always seemed sensible. What was going on? She also describes her thoughts and experiences during a trip to Israel in 1976. She details her immersion in Jewish life and its impact on her confrontation with Jewish ideas.

Keywords:   Jews, Judaism, biblical fundamentalism, Israel, Jewish life

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