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Generation J / Edition 1
     

Generation J / Edition 1

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by Lisa Schiffman
 

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ISBN-10: 0062515780

ISBN-13: 9780062515780

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

"I'm not alone. I am part of a generation of fragmented Jews. We're in a kind of limbo. We're suspended between young adulthood and middle age, between Judaism and atheism, between a desire to believe in religion and a personal history of skepticism. Call us a bunch of searchers. Call us post-Holocaust Jews. Call us Generation J."

Generation J is the ambivalent

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"I'm not alone. I am part of a generation of fragmented Jews. We're in a kind of limbo. We're suspended between young adulthood and middle age, between Judaism and atheism, between a desire to believe in religion and a personal history of skepticism. Call us a bunch of searchers. Call us post-Holocaust Jews. Call us Generation J."

Generation J is the ambivalent generation: unaffiliated seekers, men and women who have grown up questioning the bounds of organized religion. Lisa Schiffman is one of these seekers, and Generation J chronicles her journey through the contradictory landscape of Jewish identity. Moving from the personal to the universal, from autobiography to anthropology, from laughter to tears, Schiffman shows us the many ways in which one can be religious.

Whether dipping into a ritual bath, getting henna-tattooed with the Star of David, unravelling the mysteries of the kabbalah, or confronting what Jewish tradition has to say about gay marriage, Schiffman reveals the conflicts of meaning and connection common to all who try to chart their own spiritual path. And, through it all, with humor and sensitivity, she confronts the reasons for her own quest and begins to untangle some of the thorniest questions about identity, community, and religion in America today.

This engaging exploration of what it means to be Jewish is every bit as much a fascinating tour of the varieties of contemporary Jewish practice as it is an unusual personal quest. Smart, funny, and provocative, Schiffman brilliantly explores the problems and possibilities facing any spiritual seeker today.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062515780
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Generation J
1(13)
This Thing Called Intermarriage
14(17)
The Zen of Being Jewish
31(16)
Kikes and Queers
47(4)
Notes from the Field
51(20)
Judaism: The Brand
71(6)
Stray Hairs and Painted Nails
77(17)
The Sound of God
94(20)
The Kabbalists
114(9)
Kosher--Me?
123(19)
The Gleanings
142(19)
Exile
161

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Generation J 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though she surches for her Jewish identity, it is a surch many Americans make in the presents of an amorphise culture. You don't have to be Jewish to be lost.