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Leon Uris, macho man

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/leon_uris_macho_man_20110203

Jews take pride in calling themselves “the people of the book,” and while there’s something a little vainglorious about the phrase -- all peoples have books, don’t they? -- its appeal is easy to understand. For millennia, in the absence of land and power, Jews found a kind of virtual sovereignty in texts, and the history of Judaism from the Babylonian exile onward could be written as a history of books and writers -- the Torah and the Prophets, the Mishnah and Gemara, Rashi and Maimonides, down to modern, secular authors such as Theodor Herzl, Sholem Aleichem and Primo Levi.

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