IsraelCast Episode 173

Ben M. Freeman

For Ben M. Freeman, Jewish Pride is a movement long overdue. In his first book, Freeman discussed the need for a Jewish Pride movement similar to ones other minority groups have had. His latest book, Reclaiming our Story: The Pursuit of Jewish Pride, goes even deeper, delving into the impact of Jew-hate on Jews, the long history of internalized anti-Jewishness, and how to reclaim our identity and break the cycle. Host Steven Shalowitz sits down with Freeman to discuss his new book, the three types of internalized anti-Jewishness, and the perils of letting the non-Jewish world define our identity.

Ben M. Freeman is the founder of the modern Jewish Pride movement and an internationally renowned educator focusing on Jewish identity, combating antisemitism, and raising awareness of the Holocaust. His first book, Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People, was released in February 2021 to wide acclaim. Formerly based in Hong Kong, Freeman ran the Humanities Team at an American International School and lectured on antisemitism at Hong Kong universities. He is also a Diplomat for the World Jewish Congress, a Research Fellow for the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism Policy, and a columnist for The Jerusalem Post. His latest book, Reclaiming our Story: The Pursuit of Jewish Pride, is available now.

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