No comfort, freebies or leaps of faith

In his new book, Jewish French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy sings the virtues of ‘difficult Judaism’

March 9, 2017 11:39
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Bernard-Henri Lévy. (photo credit: YOUTUBE)

The year was 1979. For Bernard- Henri Lévy, one of France’s foremost public intellectuals, it was the end of a revolutionary era. The Vietnam War was over and Pol Pot’s brutal regime had just collapsed. The memory of the ’60s protests, still fresh, fueled a desire for new beginnings. For many – Lévy included – it all seemed to portend the end of something else: religion.

“We were sure that we were at the apogee of the age in which God had died... we had burned all of our idols, all of our religions, in the joyful fire of atheism,” Lévy, now 68, writes in the prologue of his new book The Genius of Judaism. “Anything was possible. Everything seemed to be permitted.”


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