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 Why This Book?: Autobiographical Reflections

Solomon Schimmel

in The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195188264
eISBN:
9780199870509
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188264.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter explains the author's motives for writing this book, which originated in his being raised as an Orthodox Jew, to which he was deeply committed from early childhood until adulthood. He ... More


The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth

Solomon Schimmel

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195188264
eISBN:
9780199870509
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188264.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This book is a passionate yet analytical critique of and polemic against Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptural fundamentalists. It examines the ways in which otherwise intelligent and bright Jews, ... More


Jeffrey S. Gurock, American Jewish Orthodoxy in Historical Perspective. Hoboken: Ktav, 1996. xxv + 457 pp.

Charles S. Liebman

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195134681
eISBN:
9780199848652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.003.0024
Subject:
History, History of Religion

A review of the book, American Jewish Orthodoxy in Historical Perspective by Jeffrey S. Gurock is presented. This is a collection of fifteen previously published essays by the author. They focus on ... More


 Unanswerable Questions, Questionable Answers: Justifying Ritual Circumcision

Leonard B. Glick

in Marked in Your Flesh: Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195176742
eISBN:
9780199835621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019517674X.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Most contemporary literature on circumcision by Orthodox and Reform Jews resorts either to talmudic-style interpretations, mystical explanations, or vaguely “spiritual” justifications for the ... More


The Birth of Jewish Denominations in Modernity and Their Divergent Views on Jewish Law

Roberta Rosenthal Kwall

in The Myth of the Cultural Jew: Culture and Law in Jewish Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195373707
eISBN:
9780190226589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373707.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Legal History, Comparative Law

Chapter 4 grapples with the intractable questions of what is “authentic” Judaism in modernity and who gets to make this determination. It focuses on the European origins of the various modern ... More


Introduction

Chaim I. Waxman

in Social Change and Halakhic Evolution in American Orthodoxy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764845
eISBN:
9781800343450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764845.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter introduces Orthodox Judaism, which is viewed phenomenologically, defined broadly, and recognized in the systems of beliefs and practices maintained by Orthodox Jews. It mentions the ... More


Heresy-hunting

Menachem Kellner

in Must a Jew Believe Anything?

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774495
eISBN:
9781800340398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774495.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the problem of heresy. One of the most difficult and painful problems facing contemporary Orthodoxy is the question of how to relate to non-Orthodox versions of Jewish ... More


Religious Pluralism in American Judaism

Deborah Dash Moore

in Gods in America: Religious Pluralism in the United States

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199931903
eISBN:
9780199345779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931903.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

What makes the American experience particularly interesting for Jews involves the structure it provides for religious pluralism within Judaism together with a framework for situating Jews and their ... More


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

Michael Cohen

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156356
eISBN:
9780231526777
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156356.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Solomon Schechter (1847–1915), the charismatic leader of New York's Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), came to America in 1902 intent on revitalizing traditional Judaism. While he advocated a return ... More


American Judaism

Alan T. Levenson

in The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231140201
eISBN:
9780231530781
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231140201.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter charts the origins of Judaism in America. In the early twentieth century, American Jews imported and developed a variety of surrogate ideologies—Yiddishism, socialism, Unionism, and ... More


Homosexuality

Roberta Rosenthal Kwall

in The Myth of the Cultural Jew: Culture and Law in Jewish Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195373707
eISBN:
9780190226589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373707.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Legal History, Comparative Law

Chapter 6 explores how each of the three major Jewish denominations grapple with the tradition’s ban on homosexuality that is derived from the Torah. The discussion highlights the progression and ... More


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


On the Brink of Irrelevance

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/9780231156356.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the challenges faced by Schechter's disciples in the 1920s. Among these was increased marginalization by modern Orthodox rabbis in the Orthodox Union (OU) and by fervently ... More


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


Halakhic Change and Meta-Halakhah

Chaim I. Waxman

in Social Change and Halakhic Evolution in American Orthodoxy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764845
eISBN:
9781800343450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764845.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter talks about a prominent English theologian named Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs, who asserted that the Torah is the result of the divine–human encounter through the ages. It clarifies current ... More


From Ethnic Enclave to Religious Destination

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/9780226322193.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

The chapter outlines the historical emergence of the Orthodox neighborhood from a Jewish ethnic enclave and into its status as a religious hub today, and the way in which multiple forms of Orthodoxy ... More


The Rabbinical Council of America Resolution

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/9781904113751.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter assesses the author's proposal of a resolution about messianism to the Rabbinical Council of America. The proposal reads as follows: ‘In light of disturbing developments which have ... More


Must a Jew Believe Anything?

Menachem Kellner

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774495
eISBN:
9781800340398
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774495.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The crucial question for today's Jewish world is not whether Jews will have Jewish grandchildren, but how many different sorts of mutually exclusive Judaisms those grandchildren will face. This book ... More


Beyond Reasonable Doubt

Louis Jacobs

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774587
eISBN:
9781800340305
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774587.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

More than forty years have passed since the author first put forward the argument that traditionally observant Jews have no reason to take issue with the results obtained by the historical critics in ... More


Seductive Modesty: Censorship versus Yiddish and Orthodox Tsnies

Josh Lambert

in Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479876433
eISBN:
9781479851584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479876433.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter puts forth a term for characterizing and analyzing suppressions of sexual representation in literature and culture. The term is the same one that Yiddish literary critics typically used ... More


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