Will American Jews live on their luck? Or will the U.S.' uniquely hospitable atmosphere lead inexorably to their assimilation and lack of cultural id? this can be the conundrum that Seymour Lipset and Earl Raab discover of their clever and realized publication concerning the American Jewish adventure.
Jews, might be greater than any ethnic or non secular minority that has immigrated to those shorelines, have benefited from the country's openness, egalitarianism, and social heterogeneity. This strangely stable healthy, the authors argue, has as a lot to do with the exceptionalism of the Jewish humans as with that of the United States. yet reputation for all ancestral teams has its draw back: integration into the mainstream erodes their defining good points, diluting the loyalties that maintain their individuals.
The authors vividly illustrate this paradox because it is skilled via American Jews today--in their excessive charges of intermarriage, their waning observance of spiritual rites, their impressive educational good fortune, their dedication to liberalism in household politics, and their steadfast safeguard of Israel. but Jews view those developments with a feeling of foreboding: "We believe very cozy in America--but anti-Semitism is a significant problem"; "We will be desolate if Israel have been lost--but we do not think as with regards to that state as we used to"; "More of our formative years are seeking for a few critical type of Jewish confirmation and involvement--but extra of them are slipping clear of Jewish life." those are the contradictions tormenting American Jews as they try anew with the never-dying challenge of Jewish continuity.
a sleek and immensely readable work, Jews and the hot American Scene presents a awesome diversity of scholarship, anecdote, and statistical research--the clearest, most recent account on hand of the hassle dealing with American Jews of their 3rd century of citizenship.
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