Lest Memory Cease: Finding Meaning in the American Jewish Past

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In this groundbreaking study, Henry L. Feingold - one of the most prominent historians today - examines the special challenges facing American Jews. The twin processes of American acculturation and secularization have acted like a powerful whirlpool, pulling them away from their inherent sense of separateness as Jews. They became Americans. These thirteen essays examine the loss of Jewish identity and the survival anxiety it brought in its wake. Feingold tackles topics such as the impact of anti-Semitism in a ...
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Overview

In this groundbreaking study, Henry L. Feingold - one of the most prominent historians today - examines the special challenges facing American Jews. The twin processes of American acculturation and secularization have acted like a powerful whirlpool, pulling them away from their inherent sense of separateness as Jews. They became Americans. These thirteen essays examine the loss of Jewish identity and the survival anxiety it brought in its wake. Feingold tackles topics such as the impact of anti-Semitism in a pluralistic society, the impact of secularism on Jewish survivability, and American Jewish political culture, focusing on Jewish liberalism. As with all of Feingold's work, Lest Memory Cease forces the reader to examine a much-discussed topic in a brand new light.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780815604006
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/1996
  • Series: Modern Jewish History Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 History
1 Jewish Survival in America 23
2 Jewish Exceptionalism 34
3 Jewish Refugeeism 53
Pt. 2 Anti-Semitism
4 Studying the Problem 71
5 The Struggle for Middle-Class Status and Acceptance at Harvard 87
Pt. 3 Political Culture
6 Sources of Jewish Liberalism 109
7 The Changing Liberalism of American Jewry 117
8 The Jewish Vision of American Liberalism 135
Pt. 4 Secularism
9 The Secular Mindset 141
10 Judaism and Jewishness 148
11 The Charge of Rootless Cosmopolitan 162
12 Can Secular Judaism Survive in America? 173
13 Jewry and America's Hard Secularism 179
Notes 197
Selected Bibliography 213
Index 217
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