Contemporary Jewries: Convergence and Divergence

Contemporary Jewries: Convergence and Divergence

by Eliezer Ben-Rafael
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004129502

ISBN-13: 9789004129504

Pub. Date: 04/29/2003

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

This is a book about Klal Yisrael, the worldwide commonwealth of the Jewish people. The main question asked, is whether one can still speak of 'one' Jewish people, encompassing all Jews in the world.
The Jewish collective identity stands at new crossroads of multicultural ideologies and transnational diasporism. Jewry is experiencing an existential

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This is a book about Klal Yisrael, the worldwide commonwealth of the Jewish people. The main question asked, is whether one can still speak of 'one' Jewish people, encompassing all Jews in the world.
The Jewish collective identity stands at new crossroads of multicultural ideologies and transnational diasporism. Jewry is experiencing an existential problem in today's changing society, shifting between convergence and unity on the one hand and divergence and division on the other hand. Quo vadis, O Jewish people? Rather than fully answering this question, researchers from Israel, the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Ukraine, Russia, France and Belgium try to open up the discussion in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004129504
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/29/2003
Series:
Jewish Identities in a Changing World Series, #2
Pages:
406
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.64(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgement
Introduction1
1Klal Yisrael: From Halakha to History13
2Is the Jewish Diaspora Unique?23
3World Jewish Population at the Dawn of the 21st Century45
4The Meaning of Jewish-Israeli Identity65
5Israel and its Covenant: Religious-Zionist Thought78
6Israeli-Jewish Identities93
7The Significance of Israel in Modern Jewish Identities118
8Between Two Zions103
9Unraveling the Ethnoreligious Package143
10Identity and Identification of Jewish Baby Boomers151
11Jewish Continuity from the Reform-Judaism Perspective161
12Soviet Jewry from Identification to Identity183
13The Meanings of Jewishness in Russia and Ukraine194
14Russia-Jewish Ethnicity: Israel and Russia Compared216
15The Dilemma of Russian-Born Adolescents in Israel235
16The Changing French Jewish Identity255
17Is the French Model in Decline?266
18To be Jewish in Belgium These Days282
19Israel in Jewish Communal Life - South America291
20Israel and Argentine Jews: Complementary or Conflicting?306
21Argentine Jewry in a Period of Economic Crisis335
22The Space and Dilemmas of Contemporary Jewish Identities343
Glossary360
Bibliography363
Contributors382
Index385

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