From animal sacrifice to blogs in 250 pages. In End Of The Jews, Dan Mendelsohn Aviv educates and entertains—and provides an indispensable and timely guide to the past, present, and future of the Jewish People. A terrific read.
Gregory Levey, author of How to Make Peace in the Middle East in Six Months
or Less Without Leaving Your Apartment
We are not who we were. We may not even be who we are. Some people write Jewish history as if it was a children’s story. Some write as if the only people reading are dusty scholars. Dan Mendelsohn Aviv tells the tale of a surprisingly disjunctive history of the Jewish people in a breezy, easy way that is nevertheless underpinned by research and scholarship.
Dan Friedman, arts and culture editor of the Jewish Daily Forward
As today’s Jews grapple with innovative approaches and new technologies that sometimes challenge and often enhance Jewish tradition, Dan Mendelsohn Aviv reminds us that Jews have a long history of making radical breaks and enacting fresh approaches to Jewish meaning and observance. Journeying from the history of sacrificial Judaism to the emergence of traditional Jewish institutional life and extending to today’s New Jews who dwell in spaces both online and off, End Of The Jews is only the beginning of the process of excavation, analysis and self-reflection that continues to shape today’s discussion on Jewish identity and meaning.
Esther D. Kustanowitz, writer & blogger
Dan Mendelsohn Aviv’s brain is so fertile he should probably be locked away somewhere.