‘Rabbi outcast,’ a biography of visionary anti-Zionist Elmer Berger, is coming to bookstores soon

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This is exciting. Jack Ross’s book on Rabbi Elmer Berger, the leader of political anti-Zionist activity in the U.S. during the 1940s-60s, is being published shortly. There’s a link for the book on Amazon, and a handsome cover too: Rabbi Outcast: Elmer Berger and American Jewish Anti-Zionism. You can order the book now, for later delivery.

Berger was a great teacher for many of us who caught up on these questions only in the last few years. He predicted the oppression of Palestinians in a Jewish state, and testified and lobbied against it, and felt completely overwhelmed by the nascent Israel lobby, which was far more powerful than the American Council for Judaism, Berger’s shop. He also understood that Zionism would create issues of dual loyalty. As it has. A prophet without honor in his own land.

But if anyone can help restore honor, it is young Ross, who knows the religious terrain, and also the political terrain, and is fiercely independent. Can’t wait to read it.

3 Responses

  1. Avi
    November 25, 2010, 12:02 pm

    What can I say, I’m a romantic. As such, I often find myself lamenting on how people’s faces and the look in their eyes reflect their inner soul. So, out of curiosity I searched for the good Rabbi online and found a small photo of him. He seemed like a good hearted man.

    I’d be curious to read the book when it comes out, as well. I wonder what other insights it reveals.

  2. DICKERSON3870
    November 25, 2010, 2:31 pm

    RE: “handsome cover too” – Weiss
    MY COMMENT: I agree. Striking photo. Very ‘retro’. Reminiscent of the 1940s-60s.

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