Jew Vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry

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Simon and Schuster, 2001 - Social Science - 397 pages
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Fundamentalist vs. secularist, denomination vs. denomination, liberal vs. conservative -- in the last forty years, American Jews have increasingly found themselves torn apart by their diversity. In this chronicle of the evolution of American Jewry, Samuel G. Freedman illuminates the forces that have undermined the traditional peaceful coexistence among the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist branches, and secular and unaffiliated Jews. Examining recent headline-making stories as well as less publicized controversies, Freedman discusses the vitriolic battles that have arisen over intermarriage, standards of conversion, the role of women in religious ritual, the Middle East peace process, and the secular influence on religious life. As he weighs the arguments of both extremes, Freedman comes to the controversial conclusion that the Jewish-American community is headed for a Reformation, a permanent fracture of one faith into many.

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Review: Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry

User Review  - Mintzis - Goodreads

A well done study of what divides Jews from each other. The case studies, with one exception, were well chosen to illustrate the problem. I wasn't that taken, however, with the intro to each study and the wrap up. Read full review

Review: Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry

User Review  - Robert Wechsler - Goodreads

A very well written look at a variety of situations where the views and interests of secular and religious Jews have collided in the US or, at least, among American Jews. One even takes place in New ... Read full review


A Note on Hebrew and Yiddish Terms
chapter one Camp Kinderwelt New York 1963
Who Is a Jew?
The Price of Peace
Who Owns Orthodoxy?
chapter five New Haven Connecticut 19951999
Visions of Jewish Community 215
The Jewish Reformation
Index 111

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About the author (2001)

Samuel G. Freedman is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and a regular contributor to The New York Times, New York Magazine, Salon, and USA Today. He is the author of The Inheritance, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Small Victories, a National Book Award finalist, and Upon This Rock. He lives in New York City.

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