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Part call to action and part riveting personal story an original proposal for discovering relevance in Judaism and ensuring its survival from a pioneering social activist and Harvard MBA business leader who served as a fighter in the Israel Air Force God Is in the Crowd is an original and provocative blueprint for Judaism in the 21st century told through the lens of Keinan's unusual personal story Keinan's analysis of the threat to Jewish continuity is sobering as Jewry has become concentrated in just two parts of the world America and Israel the J. This review and others can be found on my blogThanks to Netgalley and Random House for an ARC This will publish September 25th155 DNF at 16%What didn t work for me was the message of this book Judaism although not my own religion is one I find very interesting and willingly study for the hell of it I m always looking for reads about contemporary Judaism so when this book got offered to me by Random House as a freebie I jumped on itBut it didn t work for me I didn t like Keinan s messageHis message was in short as countries and Jews assimilate and Jews move to different countries America for secular Jews and Israel for religious Jews the diaspora that enabled Judaism s survival disappearsTo me that erases so many expressions of Judaism and diminishes the wide range to two things Because what about religious Jews in America What about Orthodox American Jews What about the ultra orthodox Jews who are violently against Zionism and Israel What about the secular Jews in Israel the ones who created the country and aren t reflected by the religious governmental regime in IsraelBasically I couldn t see what he was saying reflected in statistics I ve read and been taught and written about I didn t buy the premise he was writing on so I had no interest in reading his arguments for it

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God Is in the Crowd

Est took him down an unlikely path to becoming a fighter pilot in the Israel Air Force Through the prism of his own dramatic personal story and the lessons he learned from his professional life Keinan embarks on an investigation of the core values of Judaism in the twenty first century and looks to the relationship between American and Israeli Jews to enrich world Jewry in a post Diaspora age God Is in the Crowd presents an innovative plan in which the wisdom of the Jewish crowd is harnessed to endow Judaism with new purpose and ensure its survival. As a US Jew who is also an IDF airforce Jew lends a uniue perspective on American Jewry and Israeli Jewry and what their relationship is to each other and how to make it work in the 21st century with the rift growing wider between the two Part memoir and part suggestion Since it s a proof I won in a Goodreads giveaway it does need a little fine polishing but I found it very interesting especially the steps Israel could take to make a better Israel for those wanting to make aliyah Further reading suggestions are presented in one of the appendixes

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Ewish people has lost the subtle code of governance that made Judaism relevant in the Diaspora This code as Keinan explains it is a derivative of Francis Galton's wisdom of crowds aka swarm intelligence or collective intelligence Keinan argues forcefully that the science of crowd wisdom has played a key role in Jewish survival over the centuries and must be resurrected now since the alternative is the extinction of the Jews Born to a secular Jewish family in Florida Keinan's interest in Judaism was piued by a Christian minister at Exeter That inter. God Is in the Crowd A Model for Post Diaspora Judaism Tal KeinenThis is a book written by a committed Jew a Jew committed to the survival of Judaism rather than the survival of its religiosity a Jew committed to the survival of Israel This review is by design brief It behooves each reader to try to absorb its ideas and explore them with care Perhaps in that way The Wisdom of the Crowd theory can be relevant than I found it to be at the end of the book I simply do not think it will work as well with abstract ideas as it does with concrete ideas when they are put into motion and assessed However social media sites use its principles to make many decisionsWith careful deliberation Keinen lays out a plan for the survival of not only Israel but also for the survival of the Jew the Jew that is rapidly facing extinction on its current course through intermarriage and a lack of acceptance by the Israeli government which is influenced heavily by the ultra orthodox and their stringent rules for what constitutes a true Jew The government of Israel although welcoming Jews to the country does not welcome all Jews eually into their community Necessarily that practice of discrimination eliminates a huge percentage of Jews from Israel s support and even from supporting other Jews Divisiveness reignsKeinan born in America explains his background and experiences along with his decision to remain in Israel and serve in the IDF He describes his plan utilizing the theory based on the principles outlined in the The Wisdom of the Crowd by James Surowiecki He uses that theory with regard to how the Jews have survived centuries in the Diaspora and he attempts to explain how that same wisdom theory can be exploited to save Israel and the Jews from disappearing from the face of the earth not necessarily through violence but rather through attrition Israel is losing its following and therefore the numbers of Jews supporting it and choosing to remain Jewish is dwindling as well As he attempts to use this theory by applying its principles to an abstract idea when it is better suited to concrete ideas I began to disagree with what he presented although I agreed with most of the tenets he put forth in his argument for why a plan to make Israel and all Jews a cohesive group was necessary I just disagreed with his method and its chances of success but I must admit I had no idea of my own with which to counter his which is largely the problem that exists for Israel and most Jews todayI believe he honestly presents the situation outlining the tension that exists in the Middle East today and he honestly describes some of the animosity also that exists between Arab and Israeli between the countries and its citizens However I do not believe that his idea of allowing outside Jews to have a vote in how Israel governs the Jews within and without Israel is actionable or attainable It is an interesting concept and certainly without the voice of Jewry in the outside world represented in Israel Israel runs the risk of becoming nothing than another radical country ruled by a religious group governed by dogma and religious practices which will dominate the culture and future of the country ultimately negating it as a haven for world Jewry The ultra orthodox are the ones who have a higher rate of reproduction as do Muslims and most other radical or ultra religious groups If those radical religious groups gain a foothold greater than they have now Israel will probably no longer be able to sustain itself as it is and will probably be wracked by war ad infinitumSo while I do not think Keinan s theory can work the way it is designed now I think that it is imperative for some kind of a plan along the lines he outlines to be worked out If Jews are to survive if Israel is to survive no Jew can be excluded or refused full rights in the country and the rules for acceptance have to be realistic and inclusive If Israel is to survive the numbers of Jews living outside of Israel have to give the native Israelis the power to continue to control its own destiny but they will only do this if they feel they have some kind of a stake in the country s future How to accomplish this is the uestion Continued war is simply not the answer


10 thoughts on “God Is in the Crowd

  1. says:

    This review and others can be found on my blogThanks to Netgalley and Random House for an ARC This will publish September 25th155 – DNF at 16%What didn’t work for me was the message of this book Judaism although not my own religion is one I find very interesting and willingly study for the hell of it I’m always looking for reads about

  2. says:

    This is a wonderful book on Jewish continuity It is part memoir and part a look at how to make Judaism and its people last than three generations I highly recommend this book I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of it

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    As good as meditationto read spiritual faith based books brings so much insight and challenge filled thinking into my daily life and I find it such a necessity for all of life's daily struggles God Is in the Crowd A Model for Post Diaspora JudaismI will be honestI did not understand what I was expecting to read I have not read anything on Judaism as far as I knowor at least completely in an entire book I was interesteda

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    Keinan born in Miami graduated from Georgetown University in Washington DC but interrupted his education there to immigrate to Israel in 1990 and join the Israeli Air Force something rare for an immigrant He currently is a lieutenant colonel in the IAF After serving he returned to America to finish at Georgetown and later get an MBA from Ha

  5. says:

    God Is in the Crowd A Model for Post Diaspora Judaism Tal KeinenThis is a book written by a committed Jew a Jew committed to the survival of J

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    Author Tai Keinan was raised in a secular Jewish home in Florida then joined the Israeli Army as a combat pilot after college After being emersed in the homeland and origins of his faith and his people Keinan in this work examines four distinct classifications of current Judaism He then poses a hypothesis regarding the true Jewish lineage in today’s society—will there be any pure Jewish bloodlines left in the next few generati

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    God is in the Crowd is a look at the future of Judaism if followers were to use the Wisdom of the CrowdThe most interesting part of the book in the look at Jewish history and Tal Keinan's personal history with Judaism I enjoyed learning about the history of the religion within a contemporary time period More than anything I was most

  8. says:

    I really liked the message of this book Hence the five star rating The fact is that Tal has a very clear voice and has some very interesting ideas I am also an Israeli American Or rather American Israeli I think that Tal's journey his descripti

  9. says:

    As a US Jew who is also an IDF airforce Jew lends a uniue perspective on American Jewry and Israeli Jewry and what their relationship is to each other and how to make it work in the 21st century with the rift growing wider between the two Part memoir and part suggestion Since it's a proof I won in a Goodreads giveaway it does need a little fine polishing but I found it very interesting especially the steps I

  10. says:

    This was a very thoughtful discussion of Jewish continuity in Israel and in the diaspora It starts with the uestion “should there be Jews?” Recommenced to anyone interested in the future of the Jewish peoplenation