A Quebec Jew Paperback – Print, 2011
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Originally from Quebec City, Richard Marceau is a former Bloc Quebecois Member of Parliament who converted to Judaism after a long process that began with his meeting the woman of his life and continued with the discovery of a community, a faith and a people, all of which are now as much a part of his identity as his deep Quebec roots. Tearing down stereotypes about Jews, Richard Marceau tells us about himself, using his own story to convey Jewish history and culture. He draws an original portrait of the State of Israel, the role it plays in today's Jewish identity, and helps us discover Quebec's Jewish community. Denouncing prejudices and intellectual dishonesty, identifying himself as a pro-Palestinian Zionist. Richard Marceau calls for a respectful dialogue, promoting both the legitimacy of the Jewish State of Israel and the creation of an independent Palestinian state. Richard Marceau is a lawyer in both Quebec and Ontario, a graduate of Laval University Law School, the University of Western Ontario Law School and France's Ecole Nationale d'Administration. He sat in the House of Commons from 1997 to 2006 and today is an active member of the Canadian Jewish community.
Top Customer Reviews
A really well crafted, endearing look into the life of a former Catholic Bloc MP from Quebec City who discovered Israel. In so doing, he discovers his own spiritual path - which takes him all the way from conversion to Judaism to leading activist in the Canadian Jewish community. An unlikely and fascinating journey.
Contains great facts and anecdotes on Canada's historic Jewish community and the Canada-Israel relationship. In particular, his sections on why and how Israel is held to a unique set of standards than other countries is a clear and nuanced examination of a complex issue.
Marceau bucks all stereotypes and refuses to be slotted into simplistic categories. This is never more evident than when he identifies himself as a "pro-Palestinian Zionist" - someone who believes that the Jewish people have a right to exist in the state of Israel, alongside a peaceful and independent Palestinian state.
A phenomenal story and great read. Quite accessible, regardless of one's level of background knowledge. Highly recommended.
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This is an axcellent book, most informative. I was particularly interested in his thoughts re the Quebec Separatist movement (he was a representative in the Canadian Parliament)... Read morePublished on April 6 2012 by Paul H. Niloff
I am 16 years old and not really much of a political or general non-fiction reader. Nonetheless, not only did I get through this book, but I understood it, enjoyed it and learned a... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2012 by Maddy R.