Reading Between the Lines: How Amos Oz Views Jewish Identity

In their jointly written investigation into the defining essence of the Jewish people, the father-and-daughter team of Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger come up with definition so reductive that one may end up no wiser regarding who’s a member of the club.

Jews and Words, by Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger
Yale University Press, 232 pages, $25

A lively, often charming combination of history, mythical narrative, illuminating literary analyses, and jokes, this book of “conversational essays” between father and daughter gives us a particular overview of how two self-described Jewish atheists' approach and interpret what it...