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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Freedman (Upon This Rock) describes the paradoxical situation faced by today's American Jews, living in a country where religious freedom has yielded unreconcilable divisiveness. Through centuries of ... Read full review

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Good book, a bit of a depressing subject but life is not always peachy.


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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