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Off the derech : why observant Jews leave Judaism : how to respond to the challenge

Author: Faranak Margolese
Publisher: Jerusalem ; New York : Devora Pub., ©2005.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Faranak Margolese
ISBN: 9781932687439 1932687408 9781932687408 1932687432
OCLC Number: 123954698
Description: 429 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. How big is the problem? ; Dispelling the myths: assimilation, then and now --
I. The heart of the matter: emotions and observance. Religion and its practitioners ; Rejection ; Imposing religion: free choice and conditional love ; Shalom Bayit and general happiness ; Who are the parents? ; Abuse and safety ; The little things ; Understanding & dealing with rebellion ; Neutrality and beyond ; Conclusion and the role of God --
II. Mind over matter: truth, meaning, and the intellect. The role of the intellect ; Truth ; Meaning: a universal vision ; Mitzvot: the means to actualization ; Reasons and relevance ; What compromises universal and national meaning ; What compromises personal meaning ; The role of questions ; What compromises learning ; Conclusion --
III. Implementation: the final step. Implementing observance: the role of character ; Implementing observance: the role of community ; Gaining respect ; Fostering spirituality ; Conformity and its consequences ; Narrow definitions of being observant ; Our attitude toward other communities ; Our attitude toward the outside world ; Conclusion --
IV. Conclusion. Putting it all together: causes ; Those who return again ; Putting it all together: solutions --
Highlights of web survey results --
Appendix: Getting help for struggling adolescents --
Glossary.
Responsibility: Faranak Margolese.
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