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JOHN LENNON AND THE JEWS: A Philosophical Rampage

JOHN LENNON AND THE JEWS: A Philosophical Rampage

By: MAGHEN, Ze'ev

Nonfiction, 2015

In JOHN LENNON AND THE JEWS, Ze’ev Maghen takes his readers on an audacious, uproariously funny tour of the mind and heart. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in this provocative, creative and stunningly original work that the Jerusalem Post likens to a “dazzling intellectual amusement park.”

A chance encounter at LAX introduces Maghen to a trio of Hare Krishna missionaries who turn out to be Israeli émigrés. They insist that Judaism is archaic, irrational, chauvinistic and immoral, and that affiliating with the Jewish people in the modern, globalizing day and age is pointless and passé. Their adamant universalism and “everything is everything” rejection of their Jewish identity put the author in mind of his favorite Beatle’s famous lyric, “Imagine there’s no countries…and no religion too.

JOHN LENNON AND THE JEWS is Maghen’s confrontation with Lennon’s vision of one-worldism and other in vogue beliefs that threaten Jewish continuity today. This work is an exhilarating journey of ideas that will leave no thinking, feeling person unaffected. “You have never had so much fun cogitating,” writes one reader. “It’s like sitting in a yeshiva in front of a highly erudite rabbi – on mushrooms.”  

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“The literary equivalent of three parts strong coffee, two parts Red Bull and one part nuclear fusion.” – Andrew Pessi, The Huffington Post

“[T]his is a very funny and utterly outrageous book. Not for nothing is it subtitled “A Philosophical Rampage.” It’s manically exuberant, intellectually reckless and never afraid to sound zany… as a result of which it’s deadly serious and perfectly sane.” – Hillel Halkin, The Jewish Daily Forward

“This is by far the most creative – and the most compelling – response to the ‘Why Be Jewish’ question that I have ever read.” –  Daniel Gordis