Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community (Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism 2nd ed.)

Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community (Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism 2nd ed.)

By: Arnold M. Eisen (author)Hardback

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Calling for a fundamental rethinking of modern Judaism, the author of this study focuses on the transformation of Jewish practice in response to the civil rights, economic possibilities, and social challenges which came with Emancipation. The text explores the central role of practice in Judaism, tracing five key phenomena which have crucially influenced Jewish practice over the past two centuries: politics; explanation of the commandments; nostalgia; the unending quest for authority; and appeals to the sanctity of tradition.

Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1: Founding Theories of Modernity and the Critique of Jewish Practice 2: Twentieth-Century Theories of Modernity and the Study of Jewish Practice 3: The Distinctiveness of Modern Jewish Practice 4: The Politics of Jewish Ritual Observance 5: New Reasons for Old Commandments: The Strategy of Symbolic Explanation 6: Nostalgia as Modern Jewish Mitzvah 7: Buber, Rosenzweig, and the Authority of the Commandments 8: The Reconstruction of Jewish Tradition in Twentieth-Century America Conclusion Notes Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780226195285
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 339
  • ID: 9780226195285
  • weight: 650
  • ISBN10: 0226195287
  • edition: 2nd ed.

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