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Jewish author turns ‘Hope into Practice’

By From page A4 | January 31, 2014

Author/activist/scholar Penny Rosenwasser will present her new book, “Hope into Practice, Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite our Fears,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.

She’ll also appear at Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St. in Sacramento, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

“ ‘Thank you’ is what I thought I was supposed to say when told that I didn’t ‘look Jewish,’ ” Rosenwasser writes in her book.

What will make it irresistible for Jewish women to free themselves of internalized anti-Semitism, expanding a sense of possibility?

” ‘Hope into Practice’ responds with a rare blend of healing stories, fascinating history and a fair-minded perspective on Israel-Palestine — asking Jews to love ourselves enough to face our fears without acting on them,” a news release said. “Anchored in Jewish ethical tradition and community, it’s an activist’s call to repair the world.”

Rosenwasser explains, “Life experience has taught me that the better we feel about who we are and where we come from, the better we’ll treat other people — and the more positive/powerful our activism will be in creating a just and generous world. And the more joyful, expansive and meaningful our own lives will be. That’s the bottom line of ‘Hope into Practice.’ ”

Calling for liberatory healing and a visible/joyful Jewishness, “Hope into Practice” invites Jews and others to reframe internalized voices that say there is something wrong with us — and also insists on the centrality of Jewish multiculturalism.

“The book advocates changing unfair systems, whether in the United States or Israel-Palestine, calling for human rights for Palestinians as well as for Israelis,” the news release said. “It shines a light on Jewish resistance struggles, also on allies to Jews, urging Jews to choose justice despite our fears — linking personal healing with tikkun olam (mending the world).”

Enterprise staff

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