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Contemporary American Judaism

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Dana Evan Kaplan is the rabbi of Temple B'nai Israel in Albany, Georgia, and adjunct professor of Jewish Studies at Gratz Col... Weiterlesen
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Dana Evan Kaplan is the rabbi of Temple B'nai Israel in Albany, Georgia, and adjunct professor of Jewish Studies at Gratz College. His books include The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism, American Reform Judaism: An Introduction, Platforms and Prayer Books: Theological and Liturgical Perspectives on Reform Judaismand Contemporary Debates on Reform Judaism: Conflicting Visions. Many of his publications can be found at www.DanaKaplan.com.

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Dana Evan Kaplan



Klappentext

No longer controlled by a handful of institutional leaders based in remote headquarters and rabbinical seminaries, American Judaism is being transformed by the spiritual decisions of tens of thousands of Jews living all over the United States. A pulpit rabbi and himself an American Jew, Dana Evan Kaplan follows this religious individualism from its postwar suburban roots to the hippie revolution of the 1960s and the multiple postmodern identities of today. From Hebrew tattooing to Jewish Buddhist meditation, Kaplan describes the remaking of historical tradition in ways that channel multiple ethnic and national identities.

While pessimists worry about the vanishing American Jew, Kaplan focuses on creative responses to contemporary spiritual trends that have made a Jewish religious renaissance possible. He believes that the reorientation of American Judaism has been a "bottom up" process, resisted by elites who have reluctantly responded to the demands of the "spiritual marketplace." The American Jewish denominational structure is therefore weakening at the same time that religious experimentation is rising, leading to the innovative approaches supplanting existing institutions. The result is an exciting transformation of what it means to be a religious American Jew in the twenty-first century.



Inhalt

Foreword, by Rabbi David Ellenson
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology of Events
Introduction
1. A Historical Overview from 1945
2. The Reengagement with Spirituality
3. The Rise and Fall of American Jewish Denominationalism
4. Facing the Collapse of the Intermarriage Stigma
5. Inclusivity as a Social Value
6. Radical Responses to the Suburban Experience
7. The Popularization of Jewish Mystical Outreach
8. Herculean Efforts at Synagogue Renewal
Conclusion: The Future of Judaism in America
Afterword, by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Notes
Glossary
Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Contemporary American Judaism
Untertitel: Transformation and Renewal
Autor:
EAN: 9780231510417
ISBN: 978-0-231-51041-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Columbia University Press
Genre: Religion, Theologie
Anzahl Seiten: 446
Veröffentlichung: 29.06.2009
Jahr: 2010
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 10.7 MB