Maurice Fishberg and the Ambiguities of Jewish Identity
Publication Date: January 2007
Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Fall 2007, pp.20-22.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Publications; Race; Jewish Identification; Judaic Studies
Type: Book Review
The author discusses a newly republished book which was originally published in 1911, Maurice Fishberg's "The Jews: A Study of Race and Environment". The author contends that the reason for the nearly century-old book's continued relevance is its complex and sophisticated treatment of the question of whether or not the Jews are a race. Fishberg's position is a nuanced mix of yes and no, the author explains.