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The myth of the cultural Jew : culture and law in Jewish tradition

Author: Roberta Rosenthal Kwall
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.
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A myth exists that Jews can embrace the cultural components of Judaism without appreciating the legal aspects of the Jewish tradition. This myth suggests that law and culture are independent of one another. In reality, however, much of Jewish culture has a basis in Jewish law. Similarly, Jewish law produces Jewish culture. Roberta Rosenthal Kwall develops and applies a cultural analysis paradigm to the Jewish  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roberta Rosenthal Kwall
ISBN: 9780190226589 0190226587 9780199706174 0199706174 0190238097 9780190238094
OCLC Number: 905649521
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 312 pages)
Contents: The myth of the cultural Jew --
Culture, law, and the development of Jewish tradition --
Origins and development of Jewish law: a top-down view --
The norms of Jewish law observance: a bottom-up view --
The birth of Jewish denominations in modernity and their divergent views on Jewish law --
Foundational conflicts: "who is a Jew" and Sabbath laws --
Homosexuality --
Women and synagogue ritual --
The State of Israel's role in forging Jewish law and culture in the post-Holocaust era --
Jewish identity in the United States --
The lessons of cultural analysis.
Responsibility: Roberta Rosenthal Kwall.


In light of the inevitable intersection between culture and law, The Myth of the Cultural Jew: Culture and Law in Jewish Tradition argues that Jewish culture often lacks grounding in Jewish law.  Read more...


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A brilliant exploration of the relationship between law and culture in the context of Judaism. Kwall offers a provocative thesis and impressively analyzes a myriad of contemporary topics. This book Read more...

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