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By Shaul Magid

ISBN-10: 0253008026

ISBN-13: 9780253008022

ISBN-10: 0253008093

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How do American Jews determine as either Jewish and American? American Post-Judaism argues that Zionism and the Holocaust, anchors of up to date American Jewish identification, will not be facilities of identification formation for destiny generations of yankee Jews. Shaul Magid articulates a brand new, post-ethnic American Jewishness. He discusses pragmatism and spirituality, monotheism and post-monotheism, Jesus, Jewish legislation, sainthood and self-realization, and the which means of the Holocaust if you have by no means identified survivors. Magid offers Jewish Renewal as a circulation that takes this radical cultural transition heavily in its strivings for a brand new period in Jewish proposal and practice.

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53 This erasure of “exile” not only suggested recognition of the viability of Jewry in America. It opened the possibility of seeing the Diaspora as a model of identity that extends beyond the po­liti­cal realm.  . ”56 In America, Jews had to navigate between the desire to be integrated and the desire/need to remain separate. 57 European emancipation arguably never quite erased the barrier of separation enough for Jews to be threatened by assimilation in quite the same way they were in America. As Biale rightly notes, many of the alternatives of Ameri­can identity in the twentieth century, such as socialism, liberalism, and the return to tradition, were spearheaded by Jews as a way to make sense of the double consciousness dilemma.

This is neither a theoretical question nor one based solely on ideology. 95 The oft-­cited quip at the beginning of Nathan Glazer’s and Daniel Moynihan’s 1963 Beyond the Melting Pot that the most important thing to know about the melting pot is that “it never happened” may prove to be premature. It certainly did not happen the way some thought it would. But the de-­ethnicization of America through intermarriage, coupled with the voluntaristic and inventive nature of both ethnic and religious affiliation, has arguably given us a different kind of melting pot.

Here she seems to have unknowingly subverted the entire trajectory of Jewish identity. ). ”113 I extend Albright’s ethnic inventiveness to Judaism as a religion. One of the fundamental elements of Ameri­can religion is its creativity, the license it takes to revise and restructure existing modes and create new ones. This is not to deny the existence of structures of religious authority, social norms, customs, and the like. It is to say, rather, that these structures have become more liquid in Ameri­can Jewish self-­fashioning.

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