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The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-hatred,…

The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-hatred, and the Jews

by David Mamet

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If you've enjoyed Mamet's writing in his plays and essays in the past, that isn't enough reason to pick this up. Boy, is he pissed off. It's part of a series by Jewish authors and intended really for Jewish readers (and I'm not Jewish). In particular, those that have strayed from religious practice. I'm sure many Jewish readers have thrown it across the room, even when they agree with some Mamet's points. I did like how he neatly skewered Noam Chomsky's defense of anti-Semitic vandalism and violence in France. ( )
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Part of the Jewish Encounter series

As might be expected from this fiercely provocative writer, David Mamet’s interest in anti-Semitism is not limited to the modern face of an ancient hatred but encompasses as well the ways in which many Jews have themselves internalized that hatred. Using the metaphor of the Wicked Son at the Passover seder—the child who asks, “What does this story mean to you?”—Mamet confronts what he sees as an insidious predilection among some Jews to seek truth and meaning anywhere—in other religions, in political movements, in mindless entertainment—but in Judaism itself. At the same time, he explores the ways in which the Jewish tradition has long been and still remains the Wicked Son in the eyes of the world.

Written with the searing honesty and verbal brilliance that is the hallmark of Mamet’s work, The Wicked Son is a scathing look at one of the most destructive and tenacious forces in contemporary life, a powerfully thought-provoking and important book.

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Offers a look at the role of anti-Semitism in modern life and examines the ways in which Jews have turned that hatred inward and overlooked the essential truths and inner meaning of Judaism itself.

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