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Jews and the American Public Square Debating Religion and Republic

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ISBN-10: 0742521249

ISBN-13: 9780742521247

Edition: 2002

Authors: Alan L. Mittleman, Robert A. Licht, Jonathan D. Sarna, Marshall J. Breger, Naomi W. Cohen

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Jews and the American Public Square is a study of how Jews have grappled with the presence of religion, both their own and others, in American public life. It surveys historical Jewish approaches to church-state relations and analyzes Jewish responses to the religion clauses of the First Amendment. his book captures the current mood of the Jewish community: both committed to the separation of church and state and perplexed about its scope and application. It provides the necessary background for a principled reconsideration of the problem of religion in the public square.
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/27/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Alan L. Mittleman is professor of modern Jewish thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His books include "A Short History of Jewish Ethics" and "Hope in a Democratic Age".

Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. He has written, edited or co-edited more than twenty-five books, including American Judaism: A History, winner of the “Jewish Book of the Year” award from the Jewish Book Council.

Naomi W. Cohen, a retired Professor of History now residing in Jerusalem, has written extensively on American Jewry. The recipient of various prizes for her scholarship, she has twice been awarded the National Jewish Book Award for history. Her most recent books are Jacob H. Schiff: A Study in American Jewish Leadership and The Americanization of Zionism.

Introduction
Historical Dimensions
An Overview of American Jewish Defense
Church-State Dilemmas of American Jews
Constitutional Dimensions
Believers and the Founders' Constitution
The Rule of Law and the Establishment Clause
Religion and Liberal Democracy
Political Dimensions
Jewish Activism in the Washington "Square": An Analysis and Prognosis
Uncertain Steps: American Jews in the New Public Square
The Jewish Debate over State Aid to Religious Schools
Sociological Dimensions
Jewish Involvement in the American Public Square: The Organizational Disconnect
Public Jews and Private Acts: Family and Personal Choices in the Public Square and in the Private Realm
Philosophical Dimensions
Jewish Critics of Strict Separationism
Under His Own Vine and Fig Tree: The Contemporary Jewish Approach to Religion in American Public Life and Its Problems
Toward a Jewish Public Philosophy in America
Index
About the Contributors