The Fifth Fiasco, or How to Escape the Traps of Jewish History in the Twenty-First Century
This book goes on a journey into alternative retellings of Jewish history in order to discover its patterns, which might give us clues about the future. It proposes exploring these versions of history as an intellectual exercise to come to terms with the traumas of the past, and to prevent repeated tragedies in the future.
This book identifies the direction in which the Jewish people and their future leaders will develop. Since the Jewish people have never experienced modern sovereignty before, it promises to usher in far-reaching changes. Making a diagnosis of a national neurosis as the cause for four previous fiascos in Jewish history, the book explains what must be done in the twenty-first century to prevent the dark forces of the past from recurring, and explores the changes awaiting the Jewish religion and nation in the Land of Israel.
Professor David Passig is a futurist, lecturer, consultant, and best-selling author specializing in technological, social, and geopolitical futures. He is a faculty member at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, where he leads the VR lab. He has consulted in Israel, Asia, Europe and North America, and served as the Chief Advisor to the Commissioner for Future Generations in the Israeli Parliament. He is a member of the Israeli National Council for Research and Development, and is the author of the books The Future-Code, 2048, and Forcognito – The Future Mind, each of which has received Israel’s coveted Gold Book Award. He holds a PhD in Future Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA.
“Professor Passig has written a thought-provoking, intriguing, and disconcerting book, which carries readers away on a fascinating and emotionally turbulent voyage through Jewish history. The journey through the past and the future in this book compels us to take steps to prevent us from repeating our leaders’ historical mistakes, to safeguard our future. This is an essential read for anyone who cares about the State of Israel and the Jewish people, especially anyone involved in shaping them.”
“This informative and fascinating tour de force first looks back to Jewish history in order to project a more desirable Jewish future. […] Continuing his important work of Jewish prognostication, Passig has created another page-turner. This time, the futurist first takes us back in time before pushing us forward. […] The book is a treat for both laymen and those more acquainted with Jewish history. Along the way, the reader will learn a great deal about future studies, psychology, and “counterfactual” retellings of history by utilizing “process-based historical” thinking. These methods help us find “pieces of the puzzle that were previously hidden … with a view to enabling us to break the vicious cycles … and conceive of a better future as a promising anchor.” [Passig’s] masterful analysis provides space to explore a Jewish historical narrative in broader and more useful terms that will dominate the topic of many discussions in years to come.”
Dr Murray Mizrachi
Professor, Murray Koppelman School of Business, CUNY; Jewish Journal
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