Cosmopolitans and Parochials
Modern Orthodox Jews in America 2nd
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Cosmopolitans and Parochials by Samuel C. Heilman
Book DescriptionFar from simply vanishing in the face of modernity, Orthodox Jews in the United States today are surviving and flourishing. Samuel C. Heilman and Steven M. Cohen, both distinguished scholars of Jewish studies, have joined forces in this pathbreaking book to articulate this vibrancy and to characterize the many faces of Orthodox Jewry in contemporary America. Who are these Orthodox Jews? How have they survived, what do they believe and practice and how do they accommodate the tension between traditional Jewish and modern American values? Drawing on a survey of more than one thousand participants, the authors address these questions and many more. Heilman and Cohen reveal that American Jewish Orthodoxy is not a monolith by distinguishing its three broad varieties: the "traditionalists," the "centrists," and the "nominally" orthodox. To illuminate this full spectrum of orthodoxy the authors focus on the "centrists," taking us through the dimensions of their ritual observances, religious beliefs, community life, and their social, political, and sexual attitudes. Both parochial and cosmopolitan, orthodox and liberal, these Jews are characterized by their dualism, by their successful involvement in both the modern Western world and in traditional Jewish culture. In painting this provocative and fascinating portrait of what Jewish Orthodoxy has become in America today, Heilman and Cohen's study also sheds light on the larger picture of the persistence of religion in the modern world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226324968
(230mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1989
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Samuel C. Heilman
Who Will Lead Us?, Hardback (June 2017)
Revolving around the central figure of the rebbe, this book explores two families with too few successors, two with too many successors, and one that believes their last rebbe continues to lead them even after his death.
Sliding to the Right, Paperback (July 2006)
Offering a snapshot of Orthodoxy Jewry in the United States, this book asks how the community has evolved in the years since World War II, and where it is headed. Incorporating everyday life, observations of cultural practices, descriptions of educational institutions, and more, it presents the varieties of Jewish Orthodox groups.
When a Jew Dies, Paperback (November 2002)» View all books by Samuel C. Heilman
An account of the traditional customs that are put into practice when a Jewish person dies. It provides both an informative anthropological perspective on Jewish rites of mourning and a chronicle of the loss of the author's father.
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Author Biography - Samuel C. Heilman
Samuel C. Heilman, professor of sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author of "A Walker in Jerusalem, The Gate Behind the Wall, The People of the Book," and "Synagogue Life," the latter two of which are also published by the University of Chicago Press. Steven M. Cohen, professor of sociology at Queens College of the City University of New York, is the coauthor of numerous books and the author of "American Assimilation or Jewish Revival?, American Modernity & Jewish Identity," and "Interethnic Marriage and Friendship."
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