By Robert Seltzer,Norman S. Cohen
How did Judaism, a faith so frequently outlined by way of its minority prestige, reach equivalent footing within the trinity of Catholicism, Protestantism, and Judaism that now dominates glossy American non secular life?
THE AMERICANIZATION OF THE JEWS seeks out the consequences of this evolution on either Jews in the USA and an the USA with Jews. even though English, French, and Dutch Jewries tend to be thought of the imperative forerunners of recent Jewry, Jews have lived as lengthy in North the US as they've got in put up- medieval Britain and France and merely sixty years below in Amsterdam.
As one of many 4 particularly artistic Jewish groups that has helped re-shape and re-formulate sleek Judaism, American Judaism is the main advanced and least understood. German Jewry is famous for its contribution to trendy Jewish theology and philosophy, Russian and varnish Jewry is understood for its secular impact in literature, and Israel in actual fact bargains Judaism a brand new stance as a place of birth. yet how does one trap the interaction among the United States and Judaism?
Immigration to the USA intended that a lot of Judaism used to be discarded, and masses used to be retained. Acculturation didn't continually result in assimilation: Jewishness was once honed as an self reliant variable within the motivations of a lot of its American adherents- -and has remained so, even supposing Jewish associations, ideologies, or even Jewish values were reshaped by way of the USA to such an measure that many Jews of the previous will possibly not realize as Jewish a few of what constitutes American Jewishness.
This selection of essays explores the paradoxes that abound within the America/Judaism courting, targeting such particular matters as Jews and American politics within the 20th century, the difference of Jewish non secular existence to the yank atmosphere, the contributions and influence of the women's stream, and commentaries at the Jewish destiny in the USA.
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