New York's Jewish Jews

New York's Jewish Jews

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In this first interpretive historical account of the American Orthodox Jewish experience, Jenna Weissman Joselit investigates the ways in which pious Jews reconciled the requirements of religious tradition with the freedoms of interwar America. Through its focus on representative American Jewish institutions such as the synagogue and the rabbinate and on the sacred ritual life of Orthodox women, New York's Jewish Jews reveals how a self-consciously modern, American, and decidedly middle class Orthodoxy evolved before 1945.Hoping to appeal to his generally affluent constituency on its c wn terms, he urged the husband to purchase a special pearl necklace or ... His smart, college- educated or college-bound audi- enci: found the gentle rabbia#39;s admonitions aquot; sweet, aquot; aquot;caring, aquot; but hopelessly ... Surrogate parents and educators, mikvah manuals replaced the more tradi- tioral avenues of ritual instruction and, ironically ... teaching their daughters and students respectively even the most basic facts about the ritual.

Title:New York's Jewish Jews
Author: Jenna Weissman Joselit
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 1990-01-01

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