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Jeffrey S. Gurock recounts the history of Orthodox Jews in America, from the time of the early arrivals in the 17th century to the present, and examines how Orthodox Jewish men and women coped with the personal, familial, and communal challenges of religious freedom, economic opportunity, and social integration. His absorbing narrative portrays the varied lifestyles of Orthodox Jews and exposes the historical tensions that have pitted the pious against the majority of their co-religionists who have disregarded Orthodox teachings and practice. Exploring Orthodox reactions to alternative Jewish religious movements that have flourished in a pluralistic America, Gurock illuminates contemporary controversies about the compatibility of modern culture with a truly pious life, providing a nuanced view of the most intriguing present-day intra-Orthodox struggle--the relationship of feminism to traditional faith. The book exposes the hypocrisy of Jews who, while outwardly devout in their careful observance of religious ritual, have behaved as moral miscreants. Anyone seeking to understand the American Jewish experience will find Orthodox Jews in America to be essential reading.

Synopsis:

How American Orthodox Jews have coped with the challenges of religious freedom, economic opportunity, and social acceptance

About the Author

Jeffrey S. Gurock is Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University. He is former Associate Editor of American Jewish History and former chair, Academic Council, American Jewish Historical Society. His books include Judaism's Encounter with American Sports (IUP, 2005). He lives in Riverdale, New York.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue: Within the Wide Tent of a Bronx Orthodox Congregation, Circa 1960

1. All Alone and Out of Control

2. American Challenges and Jewish Challengers

3. Religious Dilemmas of a Treif Land

4. Strategies of New York's Orthodox Activists

5. Crisis and Compromise

6. Brooklyn's Committed Communities

7. A More Faithful Following

8. Comfortable and Courted

9. Orthodox vs. Orthodox

10. Open and Closed to Feminism

Epilogue: The Tentative Orthodox of the Twenty-First Century

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253352910
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Author:
Gurock, Jeffrey S.
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
History
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Judaism - Orthodox
Subject:
Jews -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Orthodox Judaism -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
American Studies; History; Immigration; Jewish Studies; Religion
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern Jewish Experience
Publication Date:
20090305
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 bandw photos
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 in

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