Peoplehood: There's No There There

By Jay Michaelson

United Jewish Communities, November 2007

Michaelson explores the positive and negative ways in which the concept of "peoplehood" can be understood, examining the purpose of "peoplehood" as a unifying concept and its modern significance. The positive interpretation calls peoplehood something that is difficult to describe though unites Jews from around the world, allowing them to relate to one another as a family and as a people in a non-exclusive manner. The negative interpretation, which Michaelson argues for, is understood by what it is not: an ethnicity, a religion, a culture nor a nationality. He argues that the negative definition of people excludes no one and says: though Jews do not really understand what "this Jewish thing is," Jews are here and in it together.

Topic: Peoplehood, Jewish Identity, Meaning, Unity, Identity

Name of Publication: The Peoplehood Papers

Editor: Corbin, Karen , Levine, Eric , Most, Gabe , Plotkin, Andrea Fram

Volume/Issue: Volume 1

Page Number(s): 10-11

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Genre: Essay

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Michaelson, Jay. Peoplehood: There's No There There. The Peoplehood Papers. United Jewish Communities. November 2007: 10-11. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11762


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