Booklist: Home Lands

Booklist

“The new Jewish diaspora, Tye contends, is made up of Jews who are forever rooted in Israel, but no longer need to live there. This book portrays a heterogeneous people who thrive in secular societies as far-flung as the former Soviet Union and Argentina but continue to embrace beliefs and practices that define them as Jews. The book presents a Judaism that, after centuries of dispersion, marks a race as well as a religion, a culture as well as an ethnicity. To research his story, Tye, a journalist with the Boston Globe, traveled to seven cities, including Dusseldorf, Boston, and Buenos Aires. He focuses on each city’s origins, evolution, and present situation, telling the story in part through the experiences of a single family or congregation. In this perceptive (and probably controversial) book, Tye outlines the basis for a new, more nuanced relationship between Israel and the diaspora, concluding that the diaspora is as critical to the survival of Israel as Israel is to the survival of the Jewish people.”
— George Cohen, Booklist