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Rethinking Modern Judaism : Ritual, Commandment, Community - Arnold M. Eisen

Rethinking Modern Judaism

Ritual, Commandment, Community

Paperback Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780226195292
Number Of Pages: 339

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Arnold Eisen here calls for a fundamental rethinking of the story of modern Judaism. More than simply a study of Jewish thought on customs and rituals, "Rethinking Modern Judaism" explores the central role that practice plays in Judaism's encounter with modernity.
"Fascinating . . . an insightful entrance point to understanding the evolution of the theologies of America's largest Jewish denominations."--"Tikkun"
"I know of no other treatment of these issues that matches Eisen's talents for synthesizing a wide variety of historical, philosophical, and social scientific sources, and bringing them to bear in a balanced and open-minded way on the delicate questions of why modern Jews relate as they do to the practices of Judaism."--Joseph Reimer, "Boston Book Review"
"At once an incisive survey of modern Jewish thought and an inquiry into how Jews actually live their religious lives, Mr. Eisen's book is an invaluable addition to the study of American Judaism."--Elliott Abrams, "Washington Times"

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Founding Theories of Modernity and the Critique of Jewish Practice
Twentieth-Century Theories of Modernity and the Study of Jewish Practice
The Distinctiveness of Modern Jewish Practice
The Politics of Jewish Ritual Observance
New Reasons for Old Commandments: The Strategy of Symbolic Explanation
Nostalgia as Modern Jewish Mitzvah
Buber, Rosenzweig, and the Authority of the Commandments
The Reconstruction of Jewish Tradition in Twentieth-Century America
Conclusion
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780226195292
ISBN-10: 0226195295
Series: Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 339
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 2