Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry

Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry

by Samuel G. Freedman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0684859459

ISBN-13: 9780684859453

Pub. Date: 03/28/2005

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Fundamentalist vs. secularist, denomination vs. denomination, liberal vs. conservative — in the last forty years, American Jews have increasingly found themselves torn apart by their diversity. In this chronicle of the evolution of American Jewry, Samuel G. Freedman illuminates the forces that have undermined the traditional peaceful coexistence among the

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Fundamentalist vs. secularist, denomination vs. denomination, liberal vs. conservative — in the last forty years, American Jews have increasingly found themselves torn apart by their diversity. In this chronicle of the evolution of American Jewry, Samuel G. Freedman illuminates the forces that have undermined the traditional peaceful coexistence among the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist branches, and secular and unaffiliated Jews. Examining recent headline-making stories as well as less publicized controversies, Freedman discusses the vitriolic battles that have arisen over intermarriage, standards of conversion, the role of women in religious ritual, the Middle East peace process, and the secular influence on religious life. As he weighs the arguments of both extremes, Freedman comes to the controversial conclusion that the Jewish-American community is headed for a Reformation, a permanent fracture of one faith into many.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684859453
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Edition description:
1 TOUCHSTO
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Hebrew and Yiddish Terms11
Prologue: The Second Temple13
Chapter 1Camp Kinderwelt, New York, 196343
Who Is a Jew?71
Chapter 2Denver, Colorado, 1977-198380
Judaism and Gender: Revolution toward Tradition115
Chapter 3Los Angeles, California, 1987-1989124
Israel and America: The Price of Peace162
Chapter 4Jacksonville, Florida, 1993-1997173
Who Owns Orthodoxy?217
Chapter 5New Haven, Connecticut, 1995-1999227
Unity versus Pluralism: Visions of Jewish Community275
Chapter 6Beachwood, Ohio, 1997-1999284
Epilogue: The Jewish Reformation338
Bibliography360
Acknowledgments372
Index377

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