By Shaul Magid
How do American Jews establish as either Jewish and American? American Post-Judaism argues that Zionism and the Holocaust, anchors of up to date American Jewish id, will not be facilities of identification formation for destiny generations of yankee Jews. Shaul Magid articulates a brand new, post-ethnic American Jewishness. He discusses pragmatism and spirituality, monotheism and post-monotheism, Jesus, Jewish legislations, sainthood and self-realization, and the that means of the Holocaust if you have by no means recognized survivors. Magid offers Jewish Renewal as a flow that takes this radical cultural transition heavily in its strivings for a brand new period in Jewish notion and practice.
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I do not write as an impartial observer but as a player in many of the communities mentioned in this book and as an “ex14 American Post-Judaism perimenter” in many of the ideas that have become concretized in its chapters. ” Proximity does not by definition produce bias. Investment does not necessarily yield apologetics. The best critic, perhaps, is one who is open (to herself at least) about what is at stake, collectively and personally, in her scholarly projects. As Butler wrote, scholars also live lives outside the walls of the academy, and those lives mold, inform, and have a voice in the production of good scholarship.
A. B. Yehoshua, lecture to the American Jewish Committee, 2006 The trajectory of the twentieth century has taken America from a theory of the melting pot focused on the erasure of distinct immigrant identities to a resurgence of cultural specificity in Horace Kallen’s cultural pluralism, multiculturalism, and identity politics. 1 The postwar reiteration of Horace Kallen’s cultural pluralism in works such as John F. 2 Yet even as American Jews in the 1960s and 1970s became reacquainted with their tradition, or at least less afraid of expressing their Jewish identity, they largely remained secular and continued the forward motion of acculturation and assimilation.
Postethnicity appreciates ethnicity as a piece of one’s identity. 46 On this, Hollinger notes, “A postethnic social order would encourage individuals to devote as much—or as little—of their energies as they wished to their community of descent, and would discourage public and private agencies from implicitly telling every citizen that the most important thing about them was their descent community. 49 In other words, in today’s world of multiple identities, the notion of primary and secondary affiliation is largely context-driven and not determined by inheritance or even non-contextual preference.
American post-Judaism : identity and renewal in a postethnic society by Shaul Magid