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Events and Movements in Modern Judaism

Events and Movements in Modern Judaism
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In the last century a series of revolutions have reshaped the nature of Jewish communities in the United States and in Israel. Judaism, including the religious ideologies, institutions and orientations of Jews, has been transformed as a part of, and in response to, the revolutionary changes in the social contexts of the Jewish communities. The assaults of an American secular pluralistic society have produced radical changes on the fragile contemporary Jewish identity.

These seventeen essays discuss the major events and trends in modern Jewish history as well as religious and secular movements which have responded to those trends and events. From "1881: Watershed Year of Modern Jewish History through to the "New Roles for Jewish Women" the single constant drive of the Jewish people has been to maintain their identity as a people and culture through ideological and institutional modification and innovation.

These leading scholars of Judaic studies describe the challenges of modernization on the historical continuity of Judaism; secularization, rationalization, disenchantment of the world, demographic transition, nationalism, emphasis on material world in contrast to the spiritual concerns; and the major innovations dealing with these challenges Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist thinkers.

RAPHAEL PATAI was the author of numerous books including The Hebrew Goddess, The Arab Mind, The Seed of Abraham: Jews and Arabs in Contact and Conflict and Robert Graves and Hebrew Myths.

EMANUEL S. GOLDSMITH teaches Hebrew language and Jewish Studies at Queens College, New York, and is the author of numerous articles and books, including, Modern Yiddish Culture and Dynamic Judaism.

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