A State of Mind
Why Israel must become secular and democratic. A memoir
By Ofra Yeshua-Lyth
Both evocative memoir and sober analysis, Ofra Yeshua-Lyths penetrating study … reviews the painful course by which the chains of religious orthodoxy from which the early Zionists sought to escape have become hanging cords, as Israeli Jews accept life in a homemade trap constructed from the dedication to expansionism and religious-nationalist domination that shatters aspirations for democracy and enlightenment.
"…This is an exceptional literary composition combining autobiographical narrative with the enunciation of a bold ideological concept. The book excels above all in its honesty, its lucidity of expression and the original manner in which it answers the question implied in the book's sub-title" "How was political Zionism defeated by the Jewish religion?"
"I was able to identify with the human outlook emanating from every sentence in the book, and I recommend it for every reader who cares about our existence as a country, as a people and as a society in such a turbulent region as ours…"
"It is a long time since I have read such a serious work that combines personal recollections within a pool of collective experiences. This it does faithfully and skillfully."