Reclaiming Our Story: The Pursuit Of Jewish Pride
By Ben M. Freeman
not just on the hate that targets Jews from external sources, but instead – in a radical and fresh perspective – on how that hate impacts Jews themselves. Educating his readers about the history and theory behind this phenomenon, Ben also offers tangible solutions and sets his reader on a path of healing.
Jewishness is a significant by-product of Jew-hate. Although many Jews have taken up the call to defend Jewishness, Reclaiming Our Story demonstrates how people can absorb shame that swirls around them in the wider world. This book shows how internalised anti-Jewishness leads entire Jewish communities to warp and change their Jewish identity in an attempt to be accepted by the non-Jewish world.Tragically, it can also lead Jews to accept watered-down versions of Jewish culture and identity in order to appear palatable. It is why internalised anti-Jewishness is the single greatest internal threat facing the Jewish people.
Ben M. Freeman uses his LGBTQ+ experience as a framework as he demonstrates that no one is immune to this sort of hatred. People and communities all around the world experience this phenomenon including women, the LGBTQ+ and Black communities amongst others. Though specifically about the Jewish experience, Reclaiming Our Story also offers guidance for proud integration across a variety of identities and demonstrates how to navigate these complex conversations about identity in the hope of moving towards being more understanding.
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About Ben M. Freeman
Ben M. Freeman is a Jewish leader, a Jewish thinker, and a Jewish educator.
Born in Scotland, Ben is a gay Jewish internationally renowned author, educator and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion specialist focussing on Jewish identity, combatting Jew-hatred and raising awareness of the Holocaust.
He came to prominence during the Corbyn Labour Jew-hate crisis and quickly became one of his generation’s leading voice against anti-Jewish racism.