Tevye's Grandchildren: Rediscovering a Jewish Identity

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In Tevye's Grandchildren: Rediscovering a Jewish Identity, Eleanor Mallet describes the unusual journey she took to understand her Jewish past. Like many American Jews, she was secular, assimilated and part of the successful mainstream. When her sons came of age, they reached for a richer, more open way of being Jewish. Their interest sent her on an exploration in which she plunged into the dynamic and relatively recent field of Jewish history, studied Hebrew and traveled to Israel and Germany.Mallet's book ...

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Overview

In Tevye's Grandchildren: Rediscovering a Jewish Identity, Eleanor Mallet describes the unusual journey she took to understand her Jewish past. Like many American Jews, she was secular, assimilated and part of the successful mainstream. When her sons came of age, they reached for a richer, more open way of being Jewish. Their interest sent her on an exploration in which she plunged into the dynamic and relatively recent field of Jewish history, studied Hebrew and traveled to Israel and Germany.Mallet's book provides a tour, from a personal vantage, of the historical forces that are in play for Jews today. In it she connects the spare outline of her Jewish past with its fleshy, fractured history. Her Judaism had a passionate center, which found expression in part in Israel. Yet it was also filled with the dissonance that flowed from American assimilation and the Holocaust's aftermath. These are the forces that have preoccupied the Jewish community for quite some time. Understanding them has taken on a new urgency with the recent and not always welcome prominence Jewishness and Israel have on today's world stage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608992256
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Eleanor Mallet has been a journalist for over 20 years. She received The Ohio Excellence in Journalism Award in 1997. She is a former columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Ohio and a graduate of Oberlin College. She lives with her husband David Bergholz in Shaker Heights. Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part 1 Beginnings

1 The Beginning 1

2 Father 8

3 Holocaust 13

4 History Memory 18

5 Mother 23

6 Assimilation 30

7 Food 39

8 Yiddish Culture 44

9 Names 50

Part 2 Israel

10 Opening up Jewish 59

11 Entering 63

12 Israel on the Ground 70

13 Hebrew 77

14 Israeli 82

15 Shabbat 87

16 Female 94

17 Loss 99

18 Modernity 107

19 Lines 113

20 Kibbutz Degania 120

21 Zion and Diaspora 126

22 Tisha B'Av 134

23 Last Days in Israel 142

Part 3 Germany

24 Encountering Germany 153

25 Jewish in Germany 158

26 Germans Tell Their Story 167

27 German Jewish Contribution 174

28 The Jewish Museum 179

Part 4 Home

29 Antisemitism 185

30 Ritual 195

31 Conclusion 200

Resources 205

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