Judaism within Modernity: Essays on Jewish History and Religion

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Judaism within Modernity begins with an exploration of Jewish historiography and the problems of periodization in modern Jewish history. In these beginning essays we see the range of Meyer's thinking about what constitutes modernization and how to determine its beginning. He discusses the role of history in defining identity among Jews and suggests that finding an adequate paradigm of continuity is essential to the historian's task. The essays in the second section focus on the Jews of Germany. Here Meyer writes ...

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Overview

Judaism within Modernity begins with an exploration of Jewish historiography and the problems of periodization in modern Jewish history. In these beginning essays we see the range of Meyer's thinking about what constitutes modernization and how to determine its beginning. He discusses the role of history in defining identity among Jews and suggests that finding an adequate paradigm of continuity is essential to the historian's task. The essays in the second section focus on the Jews of Germany. Here Meyer writes about the influence of German Jews on Jews in the United States, comparing the historical experience of the two communities. A third section deals with the European Reform movement, which brought a liberal Judaism to the majority of German Jews. The essays in the final section explore Judaism in the United States. In particular, they show how reform Judaism and Zionism were able to reconcile their initial differences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814328743
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Meyer is the Adolph S. Ochs professor of Jewish History at Hebrew Union College, Cincinna

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 11
Pt. I Reflections on Jewish Historiography
1 Where Does the Modern Period of Jewish History Begin? 21
2 Reflections on Jewish Modernization 32
3 The Emergence of Modern Jewish Historiography: Motives and Motifs 44
4 Heinrich Graetz and Heinrich von Treitschke: A Comparison of Their Historical Images of the Modern Jew 64
5 Jews as Jews versus Jews as Germans: Two Historical Perspectives 76
6 The Question of Continuity in Jewish History 87
Pt. II The Jews of Germany
7 The German Jews: Some Perspectives on Their History 99
8 "Scripture or Spirit?" The Revelation Question in German-Jewish Thought of the Nineteenth Century 111
9 Jewish Scholarship and Jewish Identity: Their Historical Relationship in Modern Germany 127
10 German Political Pressure and Jewish Religious Response in the Nineteenth Century 144
11 "Wholly According to the Established Custom"?: The Spiritual Life of Berlin Jewry Following the Edict of 1823 168
12 Jewish Political Leadership in Nazi Germany 183
Pt. III Religious Reform in Europe
13 Should and Can an "Antiquated" Religion Become Modern?: The Jewish Reform Movement in Germany as Seen by Jews and Christians 209
14 "How Awesome Is This Place!": The Reconceptualization of the Synagogue in Nineteenth-Century Germany 223
15 Liberal Judaism and Zionism in Germany 239
16 Gemeinschaft within Gemeinde: Religious Ferment in Weimar Liberal Judaism 256
17 The German Model of Religious Reform and Russian Jewry 278
18 Jewish Religious Reform in Germany and Britain 304
Pt. IV American Jewry
19 German-Jewish Identity in Nineteenth-Century America 323
20 The Refugee Scholars Project of the Hebrew Union College 345
21 American Reform Judaism and Zionism: Early Efforts at Ideological Rapprochement 362
22 Abba Hillel Silver as Zionist within the Camp of Reform Judaism 378
Index 403
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