By Shaul Magid
How do American Jews establish as either Jewish and American? American Post-Judaism argues that Zionism and the Holocaust, anchors of latest 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 legislation, sainthood and self-realization, and the that means of the Holocaust in case you have by no means identified survivors. Magid offers Jewish Renewal as a move that takes this radical cultural transition heavily in its strivings for a brand new period in Jewish inspiration and practice.
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Extra resources for American post-Judaism : identity and renewal in a postethnic society
This new form of integration is even stronger today when Jews as individuals have succeeded in becoming an integral part of American culture, politics, and commerce. ”79 But while Kaufmann was speaking only of the Jews, and primarily about the Jews in Europe, in contemporary America where multiculturalism is succumbing to a more complex notion of ethnicity, this form of integration is in part the result of the sustained trajectory of interethnic and interracial marriage and the rise of other significant markers of identity.
To a one, we regard the traditional Jewish revulsion toward exogamy as an anachronistic holdover from premodern life. Needless to say, we are of dubious halakhic Jewishness. This will be truer of our children than it is of us. Our cultural influences are more polluted than our bloodlines, and that is the important part of our mongrelization. We’re evolving new ideas and new forms of religious expression informed by non-Jewish traditions. This is not because we have poached from alien traditions, but because those traditions, too, are our patrimony.
5 The connection between identity politics and the reclaiming of Jewish ethnic identity is duly noted by Eric Goldstein. ”6 This phenomenon is true of American society more generally. . ”7 In 1986 Werner Sollors, writing about the reception of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather as ethnic literature, said, “This attitude is quite common in ethnic studies today. It is based on the assumption that experience is first and foremost ethnic. ”8 Sollors’s comment was written almost a generation ago. The residual effects of identity politics in America have largely morphed into a different set of political and social concerns, significantly influenced by globalization.
American post-Judaism : identity and renewal in a postethnic society by Shaul Magid