D espite what we are told, Jewish people must never warp or change our identities to fit in. We do not need to make ourselves “acceptable”, because we are acceptable, just as we are. Yet we cannot force the non-Jewish world to see that. This is their journey. Our journey is one of Jewish Pride."
In Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People, Ben M. Freeman, an internationally renowned educator, inspired by his experiences with LGBTQ+ pride, aims to educate, inspire and empower Jewish people to reject the shame of antisemitism imposed on Jews by the non-Jewish world as well as non-Jewish perceptions of what it means to be a Jew.
Enabling them to begin the process of defining their own identities as proud Jews through Jewish experience, Jewish history and Jewish values. Jewish Pride is an urgent and essential read.
"The only people who get to define Jewish identity are Jewish people."
"The Jewish journey is not just about fighting antisemitism. It is about rejecting the shame of antisemitism. Rejecting the non-Jewish world’s inaccurate definitions of what it means to be a Jew. It is an exploration of Jewish identity, based on Jewish values, Jewish ideas and Jewish experiences."
"Just as ‘Black is Beautiful’ and LGBTQ+ liberation begins with pride, in this important book Ben M. Freeman advocates for Jews themselves to seize back the right, and find the confidence, to define their own identities. As Freeman explains, antisemitism disempowers and hurts Jews by constructing their identities from the outside and without consent. What is new and fascinating in this book is Freeman’s focus on Jewish responses to those external and hostile constructions of Jewish identity: self-empowering and life affirming ways of loving being Jewish"
"With “Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People ”, Ben M. Freeman transposes his powerful voice as an educator to the page in a manner that is urgent for this current moment experienced by the global Jewish community. Freeman's passion and purpose never compromises the clarity of his explanations, the detail of his findings nor the fairness of his historical assessments. His clarion call for a pride movement among a new generation of Jews inspired by his experiences as a gay man is magnificent, heart-rendering and supremely motivating."
B en is a gay Jewish Zionist author and educator focussing on Jewish identity, combatting antisemitism and raising awareness of the Holocaust.
Through his work, he aims to inspire, empower and educate both Jewish and non-Jewish people from all over the world.
His first book, Jewish Pride: Rebuilding A People, will be released in February 2021 by No Pasaran Media.
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