How to Fight Anti-Semitism

How to Fight Anti-Semitism

The prescient New York Times writer delivers an urgent wake-up call to all Americans exposing the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in this country—and explains what we can do to defeat it.

“Stunning . . . Bari Weiss is heroic, fearless, brilliant and big-hearted. Most importantly, she is right.”—Lisa Taddeo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Three Women

On October 27, 2018, eleven Jews were gunned down as they prayed at their synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest attack on Jews in American history.

For most Americans, the massacre at Tree of Life, the synagogue where Bari Weiss became a bat mitzvah, came as a total shock. But anti-Semitism is the oldest hatred, commonplace across the Middle East and on the rise for years in Europe. So that terrible morning in Pittsburgh raised a question Americans can no longer avoid: Could it happen here?

This book is Weiss’s answer.

Like many, Weiss long believed this country could escape the rising tide of anti-Semitism. But now the luckiest Jews in history are beginning to face a three-headed dragon known all too well to Jews of other times and places: the physical fear of violent assault, the moral fear of ideological vilification, and the political fear of resurgent fascism and populism.

No longer the exclusive province of the far right, the far left, and assorted religious bigots, anti-Semitism now finds a home in identity politics and the reaction against identity politics, in the renewal of America First isolationism and the rise of one-world socialism, and in the spread of Islamist ideas into unlikely places. A hatred that was, until recently, reliably taboo, anti-Semitism is migrating toward the mainstream, amplified by social media and a culture of conspiracy that threatens us all.

Weiss’s cri de couer is an unnerving reminder that Jews must never lose their hard-won instinct for danger, and a powerful case for renewing Jewish and American values in uncertain times from one of our most provocative writers. Not just for the sake of America’s Jews, but for the sake of America.

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  • Lisa Taddeo

    READ THIS, NOW.This book must be read by every single human being who wants to be a better one, and especially the ones who don't. Bari Weiss is the Grace Paley of our time. In these pages and everywh...

  • Arnie

    Outstanding analysis of how today's anti-semitism is coming from the political right and left as well as from extremist Islam. There is at least something that will make everyone uncomfortable, as the...

  • Jt Nelson

    Bari Weiss is nothing if not intellectually dishonest. Every criticism ever levied against Bari, is reinforced by this utter and complete drivel.Bari occupies a truly bizarre niche market by being a J...

  • Erika Dreifus

    It's not that there was so much in this book that was new to me (well, I didn't know about the Basel Massacre of 1349). But Bari has a way of giving voice to concerns that I wish I could express half ...

  • michal k-c

    Bari Weiss wrote an impassioned and insightful article following the Tree of Life massacre, the deadliest antisemitic attack in US history. This is the event which seems to have prompted this book, wh...

  • Johanna Markson

    How to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bari WeissWeiss is a staff writer and editor for the opinions section of the New York Times, and she was also a bat mitzvah at the Tree of Life synagogue, having grown up i...

  • Shoshanna

    I first heard about Bari Weiss on an episode of Unorthodox podcast and what she was talking about, the way she was talking about it, really resonated with me. She is one of the first public intellectu...

  • Michael Shore

    Although superbly written, I found myself unpersuaded by the author's central claim; that anti-zionism is almost always cloaked anti-semitism....

  • Jon-Erik

    Before I go further, I have to say that I agree with almost everything Weiss has written. I can relate to almost all of her experiences. I myself have stood guard at my synagogue with a rifle in the w...

  • Elise

    Wonderful, engaging, well written book. Read my full review at