Yet despite what the non-Jewish world often tells us, we have a choice. We can reject who we are or we can reject the non-Jewish world’s idea of who we are. In order to heal our collective self-esteem, we must have Jewish Pride. That is not to say that we should isolate and ghettoise ourselves. Rather we should interact with wider society – but we must do so proudly.'
“Fascinating, inspiring and heartbreaking, a cultural and historical survey of Jewishness in the perilous intolerant new world of the 21st century that is both exuberant and optimistic, and tragic and worrying.”
Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: The Biography
About the author
Ben M. Freeman is a Jewish leader, a Jewish thinker and a Jewish educator.
Born in Scotland, Ben is a gay Jewish author and internationally renowned educator focussing on Jewish identity, combatting antisemitism and raising awareness of the Holocaust. His first book,Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People, was released in February 2021.
Currently based in Hong Kong, Ben now heads up the Humanities Team at an American International School and lectures on antisemitism at Hong Kong universities.
Through his work, he aims to educate, inspire and empower both Jewish and non-Jewish people from all over the world.
“Ben Freeman has a remarkable ability to explain the concept of peoplehood of the Jewish people. He understands well the importance of our many identities and makes a potent argument for Jewish Pride. Everyone should follow his work and read this book.”
Hannah Rosenthal, former CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and former US State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism for the Obama Administration