Lest Memory Cease: Finding Meaning in the American Jewish Past

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Syracuse University Press, Nov 1, 1996 - Poetry - 240 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
1
Jewish Survival in America
23
Jewish Exceptionalism
34
Jewish Refugeeism
53
Studying the Problem
71
The Struggle for MiddleClass Status
87
Sources of Jewish Liberalism
109
The Changing Liberalism of American Jewry
117
The Jewish Vision of American Liberalism
135
The Secular Mindset
141
Judaism and Jewishness
148
The Charge of Rootless Cosmopolitan
162
Can Secular Judaism Survive in America?
173
Jewry and Americas Hard Secularism
179
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