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.

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.


Praise forHow To Fight Anti-Semitism

“This acutely argued book will engender a thousand conversations.”

“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

“Urgent, frank and fearless. There is something here to offend everyone — because there is something here to awaken everyone.”
— RABBI DAVID WOLPE, author of David: The Divided Heart

“This is the most important book you will read this year. Concise, morally certain, it’s a bullet train from the first sentence to the last. There needs to be a copy in every classroom in the country. If you think something dark is rising, you’re right. What can you do? This is what you do.”
— CAITLIN FLANAGAN, staff writer, The Atlantic and author of To Hell with All That

“While European anti-Semitism has put Jews in mortal danger for too long, the ‘shining city upon a hill’—America—has descended into this same toxic darkness. Bari Weiss’s book is a powerful wake-up call against complacency and should push all free-thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic to take a stand against new guises of the oldest form of hate in the world. ‘How to Fight Anti-Semitism?’ Yes. But it could also be called ‘How to save liberal democracy.’”
— BERNARD-HENRI LÉVY, bestselling author of The Empire and the Five Kings

“They said ‘Never Again’, yet here we are again. Bari Weiss’ neat exposition of modern anti-Semitism traces this hate to what I call ‘the triple threat’: the far-left, the far-right, and Islamist theocrats. Jews are the canary in the coal mine. And if our Jewish friends are raising the alarm, we’d all better hear them, before it’s too late.”
— MAAJID NAWAZ, author of Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism

“Weiss’s book is a historical tour de force but also a deeply personal journey that starts in her hometown, Pittsburgh, and ultimately ends with what people of good faith must do today to stop the surge of Jew hatred. This passionate call to action is a must-read for people of all ages, backgrounds and political affiliations.”
— JONATHAN GREENBLATT, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League

“Bari Weiss is what being on the wrong side of history looks like.”

Reviews forHow To Fight Anti-Semitism

“At the core of the text is the author’s concern for the health and safety of American citizens, and she encourages anyone ‘who loves freedom and seeks to protect it’ to join with her in vigorous activism.”

“Weiss’ book feels like one long, soul-wrenching letter, written in a charmingly accessible style by a proud American reeling from the realization that haters are on the rise in this land we love.”

“Bari Weiss has written what must be judged a brave book . . . Weiss has delivered a praiseworthy and concise brief against modern-day anti-Semitism.”

“A bold summons to confront humanity’s oldest hatred.”

“An important read. . . Because a battle over normalizing anti-Semitism is already underway, Weiss’s real public service is encouraging mainstream Americans to join the forces of light.”

“Weiss’s refreshingly forthright opinions and remarkably thorough yet concise history lessons make this a must-read for anyone seeking to understand and stop the rise of a pernicious ideology.”

”Her childhood synagogue in Pittsburgh was the site of last year’s Shabbat morning massacre. This passionate, vividly written, regularly insightful book is her pained, fighting elegy.”

“Weiss also attacks Breitbart news.”

”I believe this book, if read by large swaths of American Jewry, will jolt mainstream Jews out of a soggy complacency.”

”Peppered with insights.”