Will American Jews live to tell the tale their luck? Or will the USA' uniquely hospitable surroundings 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 booklet in regards to the American Jewish event.
Jews, probably 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 surprisingly stable healthy, the authors argue, has as a lot to do with the exceptionalism of the Jewish humans as with that of the USA. yet recognition for all ancestral teams has its draw back: integration into the mainstream erodes their defining beneficial properties, diluting the loyalties that maintain their participants.
The authors vividly illustrate this paradox because it is skilled via American Jews today--in their excessive charges of intermarriage, their waning observance of non secular rites, their awesome educational luck, their dedication to liberalism in household politics, and their steadfast safeguard of Israel. but Jews view those tendencies with a feeling of foreboding: "We think very cozy in America--but anti-Semitism is a significant problem"; "We will be desolate if Israel have been lost--but we do not believe as as regards to that nation as we used to"; "More of our adolescence are searching for a few critical kind of Jewish confirmation and involvement--but extra of them are slipping clear of Jewish life." those are the contradictions tormenting American Jews as they fight anew with the never-dying challenge of Jewish continuity.
a sleek and immensely readable work, Jews and the recent American Scene presents a awesome diversity of scholarship, anecdote, and statistical research--the clearest, latest account on hand of the quandary dealing with American Jews of their 3rd century of citizenship.
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