In this first excerpt from our in depth interview (read my recap of the interview here), famed civil rights attorney, Harvard law professor, author and political commentator, Alan Dershowitz and I discuss the origins of a decades-old saying, and its impact on Jewish identity. Even in this brief segment, Prof. Dershowitz quickly cuts through some common notions — including my own — and raises some important questions.
Can a Jew ever be anything other than a Jew, regardless of how they see themselves? Were the Jews who participated in the revolution fighting for a just cause, or just deluding themselves into thinking they could make a country based on equality out of a historically anti-Semitic nation?
Dershowitz’ is a fairly new Hero of mine. Taken from his lectures at Harvard Law school, his Trials of the Century Audio Books are quite informative.