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A “Heretic,” a “Maverick,” and the Challenge to Inclusivity

Michael R. Cohen

in The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter's Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156356
eISBN:
9780231526777
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156356.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

From 1913–1918, the United Synagogue of America remained staunchly committed to diversity. Its members overlooked their vast differences, choosing instead to work together to implement Schechter's ... More


Louis Finkelstein, Mordecai Kaplan, and American ‘Jewish contributions to Civilization’

David Biale

in Jewish Contribution to Civilization

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113522
eISBN:
9781800342644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113522.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter compares three twentieth and twenty-first century overviews of Jewish culture and civilization through the works of Mordecai Kaplan, Louis Finkelstein, and David Biale. It addresses ... More


In Praise of Discontent

Paul Mendes-Flohr

in Cultural Disjunctions: Post-Traditional Jewish Identities

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780226784861
eISBN:
9780226785059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226785059.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Mordecai Kaplan’s conception of Judaism as a civilization is emblematic of the anthropocentric turn in Jewish self-understanding. The theocentric values and horizons of the imagination of traditional ... More


Discourses of Civilization: The Shifting Course of a Modern Jewish Motif

David N. Myers

in Jewish Contribution to Civilization

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113522
eISBN:
9781800342644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113522.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on 'Jewish civilization', in which the term served the interests of Jewish intellectuals far better when counterpoised against the German Romantic notion of a distinct national ... More


Post-Traditional Faith

Paul Mendes-Flohr

in Cultural Disjunctions: Post-Traditional Jewish Identities

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780226784861
eISBN:
9780226785059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226785059.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Ostensibly a children’s book, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (Le petit prince) may be read as an allegory of second innocence, a window into the phenomenology of faith. Accordingly, it ... More


Jewish Body Politics

Eliyahu Stern

in Jewish Materialism: The Intellectual Revolution of the 1870s

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780300221800
eISBN:
9780300235586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300221800.003.0007
Subject:
History, World Modern History

The idea of a Jewish body provides the background to understand the major Jewish migrations, the core features of modern Jewish politics, the transformation of Judaism as a religion and the role ... More


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