Way into the Varieties of Jewishness

ISBN-10: 1580233678

ISBN-13: 9781580233675

Edition: 2008

Authors: Sylvia Barack Fishman

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For everyone who wants to understand the varieties of Jewish identity, its boundaries and inclusions, this book explores the religious and historical understanding of what it has meant to be Jewish from ancient times to the present controversy over Who is a Jew? Beginning with the biblical period, it takes readers era by era through Jewish history to reveal who the Jewish community included and excluded, and discusses the fascinating range of historical conflicts that Jews have dealt with internally. It provides an understanding of how the Jewish people and faith developed, and of what the major religious differences are among Jewish movements today. Topics include: What did Judaism look like in the earliest periods of recorded Jewish history? How did attitudes and behaviors diverge as Jews migrated and responded to their Christian or Muslim host cultures? Modern Judaism. Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Reform, Renewalwhat are the many movementsand secular formsof Judaism that exist today? How did each movement begin, and what role does each play in the landscape of modern American Judaism? What were historical attitudes toward Jews by Choice, and what are the attitudes today?
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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: LongHill Partners, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

About The Way Into...
Ancient Jews, Homeland, and Exiles
Memories Out of Biblical Texts
The Early Jews: Hill Country Tribes and Ancient Israelites
Kings and Kingdoms
Divided Jewish Nations
Diaspora Judaism, and a Chance to Return
Characteristics of Early Jewishness
Democratization and a Tradition of Sacred Interpretation
Jewish Encounters with Western Cultures
Hellenizers, Hasmoneans, and Jewish Pietists
Pharisees and Sadduccees
The Essenes
Rabbinic Judaism and the Written "Oral" Law
Magic, Messianism, and Early Christians
Mirror, Mirror: Early Jewishness and Later Jews
The Wandering Jews
Peoplehood and Jewish Culture in the Diaspora
The Jewish Calendar and Life Cycle
Jewish Integration on the Iberian Peninsula
Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition
Jewish Culture in Medieval Christian Europe
The Jewish Experience in the Transition toward Modernity
Sephardi Jews Strike Out for New Homes
Trauma and Messianism in Polish Jewish Life
Hasidic and Mitnagdic Jewish Rivalry
Emancipating into Modern Jewishness
Piecemeal Emancipation and the "Brutal Bargain"
Western Europe's Haskalah: Rationalism and the Jewish Enlightenment
The Reformer's Challenge
Traditionalists Who Synthesized-or Rejected-Modernity
East European Haskalah: Secular Modern Movements and a Jewish Enlightenment
Zionism and the "New Jew"
Exodus to America-Another Kind of Zion
Reforming American Judaism
A Large Movement with a Wide Tent
Custom-Making American "Classic" Reform Judaism
East European Jews-and Influence-Enter American Reform
The 1960s Bring New-and Old-Styles of Worship and Practice
Contemporary Developments: Choosing Covenantal Judaism-or Not
Shades of American Orthodoxy
Dressing to Accommodate-or Resist-American Culture
Centrist Orthodoxy
Modern Orthodoxy
The Evolution of American Modern and Antimodern Orthodox Models
Synthesizing America into Orthodox Lives
Day Schools and the Text-Based Revolution
Triumphalism-and Tension
Conservative Judaism at the Crossroads
Conservative "Folk" and "Elites"
American Conservative Judaisms Evolve
A Conservative Jewish Empire at Midcentury
Challenge and Change: Civil Rights
Gender Egalitarianism and Conservative Judaism
From Comfort to Discomfort in the Center
Conservation or Transformation in the Twenty-First Century?
An American Kaleidoscope: Reconstructionist, Renewal, and Secular Forms of American Jewishness
Reconstructing American Jewish Life
Renewing Jewish Spirituality
Secular and Cultural Jews
Jewish Secular Socialism
Secular Social Activism
American Secular Jewishness
Jews by Choice
Converts in the Jewish Community
Three Types of Converts
Historical Jewish Approaches to Conversion
Contemporary Communal Conversations about Conversion
Conversion and Jewish Identification
Conclusion: Diversity and the Future of the Jewish Renaissance
Social Networks and the Jewish Enterprise
The Hyphenation of American-Jewish Values
Creating Ethnic Capital
Jewish Ethnic Capital and the Melting Pot
Jewish Counterculturalism
A Jewish Renaissance
Learning from Each Other
Suggestions for Further Reading
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