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Gil Troy on ‘the Un-Jews’

Daniel Gordis speaks with Professor Troy, who, along with Natan Sharansky, coined the controversial new term “un-Jews” to refer to Jews who relentlessly critique Israel

Gil Troy (courtesy)
Gil Troy (courtesy)

In June 2021, Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy published an article in Tablet Magazine entitled “The Un-Jews.” They coined the term “un-Jews” to refer to Jews who are relentless critics of Israel, “because they believe the only way to fulfill the Jewish mission of saving the world with Jewish values is to undo the ways most actual Jews do Jewishness.”

The column evoked passionate responses from all sides, so we invited Gil Troy to explain in great depth what he and Sharansky were saying about the Jewish world. This is an excerpt of our conversation– in which Troy discusses the “de-Zionization” of non-Orthodox rabbinical schools such as the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College.

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