Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community by Arnold M. Eisen

Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community

byArnold M. Eisen

Paperback | December 15, 1999

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Arnold Eisen here calls for a fundamental rethinking of the story of modern Judaism. More than simply a study of Jewish thought on customs and rituals, Rethinking Modern Judaism explores the central role that practice plays in Judaism's encounter with modernity.

"Fascinating . . . an insightful entrance point to understanding the evolution of the theologies of America's largest Jewish denominations."—Tikkun

"I know of no other treatment of these issues that matches Eisen's talents for synthesizing a wide variety of historical, philosophical, and social scientific sources, and bringing them to bear in a balanced and open-minded way on the delicate questions of why modern Jews relate as they do to the practices of Judaism."—Joseph Reimer, Boston Book Review

"At once an incisive survey of modern Jewish thought and an inquiry into how Jews actually live their religious lives, Mr. Eisen's book is an invaluable addition to the study of American Judaism."—Elliott Abrams, Washington Times

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Title:Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, CommunityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:347 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1: Founding Theories of Modernity and the Critique of Jewish Practice
2: Twentieth-Century Theories of Modernity and the Study of Jewish Practice
3: The Distinctiveness of Modern Jewish Practice
4: The Politics of Jewish Ritual Observance
5: New Reasons for Old Commandments: The Strategy of Symbolic Explanation
6: Nostalgia as Modern Jewish Mitzvah
7: Buber, Rosenzweig, and the Authority of the Commandments
8: The Reconstruction of Jewish Tradition in Twentieth-Century America

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Arnold M. Eisen offers a work on Judaism that is ground breaking in its contemporary views and thoughts. Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community calls for a fundamental shifting of the story of modern-day Judaism. More than a study of Jewish customs and rituals, Rethinking Modern Judaism is an examination of the role practice plays in contemporary Judaism.