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Introduction

David Berger

in Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference: With a New Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113751
eISBN:
9781789623352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113751.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This introductory chapter discusses how two propositions from which every mainstream Jew in the last millennium would have instantly recoiled have become legitimate options within Orthodox Judaism. ... More


Aborted Initiatives and Sustained Attacks

David Berger

in Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference: With a New Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113751
eISBN:
9781789623352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113751.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter evaluates the reactions to the author's article on Lubavitch, or Chabad, messianism. Reaction to the article was swift, widespread, and varied. A leading Orthodox commentator and ... More


Judaism is Changing Before Our Eyes

David Berger

in Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference: With a New Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113751
eISBN:
9781789623352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113751.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter studies how the author published an article in Ha'aretz that aroused a stormy discussion in Israel and the diaspora. The author noted a new rabbinic ruling requiring everyone to believe ... More


Jewish Identity Writ Small: The Everyday Experience of Baalot Teshuvah

Louise E. Tallen

in Diasporas and Exiles: Varieties of Jewish Identity

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520228641
eISBN:
9780520926899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520228641.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on formerly secular Jewish women who have become Orthodox Jews, baalot teshuvah, through the outreach efforts of Chabad Lubavitch Hasidism. Despite the emphasis in our culture on ... More


From Heroism to Heterodoxy: The Crisis of a Movement and the Danger to a Faith

David Berger

in Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference: With a New Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113751
eISBN:
9781789623352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113751.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter traces the history of hasidism, which was born in eighteenth-century Poland with the teachings of Rabbi Israel Ba'al Shem Tov. The movement spread through eastern Europe and became the ... More


The New Messianism: Passing Phenomenon or Turning Point in the History of Judaism?

David Berger

in Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference: With a New Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113751
eISBN:
9781789623352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113751.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines a version of Rambam's twelfth principle of Judaism, which states: ‘I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah, and even though he may tarry I await him each day, ... More


From Margin to Mainstream: The Consolidation and Expansion of the Messianist Beachhead

David Berger

in Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference: With a New Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113751
eISBN:
9781789623352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113751.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter highlights the importance of the Chabad community and the nature of its messianic profile. The success of Lubavitch outreach is not surprising at all. Its adherents combine deep ... More


Explaining the Inexplicable

David Berger

in Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference: With a New Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113751
eISBN:
9781789623352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113751.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter provides some tentative explanations for Chabad messianism. One of these explanations is the ideal of unity and the avoidance of communal strife. Every practising Jew has heard countless ... More


770 Eastern Parkway: The Rebbe’s Home as Icon

Gabrielle A. Berlinger

in Jews at Home: The Domestication of Identity

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113461
eISBN:
9781800340343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113461.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter looks at a reverse transformation — of a secular house front into an icon of hasidic identity. It considers the implications of the house of the seventh leader of the Lubavitch branch of ... More


My Mother’s Family

Lee Shai Weissbach

in A Jewish Life on Three Continents: The Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804783637
eISBN:
9780804786201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804783637.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In the second chapter of his memoir, Menachem Mendel Frieden con- tinues telling about his background, this time focusing on his mother’s family. This chapter, like the preceding one, again provides ... More


The Buzz of Difference

Iddo Tavory

in Summoned: Identification and Religious Life in a Jewish Neighborhood

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226321868
eISBN:
9780226322193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226322193.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

The chapter outlines the rifts and modes of distinction within the Orthodox neighborhood. “Orthodox” Judaism hides a plethora of affiliations, sub-affiliations, and other markers of status and ... More


North and South in Klezmer Music: Northern Redl and Southern Freylekhs

Walter Zev Feldman

in Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190244514
eISBN:
9780190244545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190244514.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Chapter 12, “North and South in Klezmer Music: Northern Redl and Southern Freylekhs,” treats both the principal stylistic divide in the core dance repertoire connected with geography, and its ... More


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