Concluding Reflections on American Judaism (The Essence of American Judaism)

By Charles S. Liebman

Cambridge University Press, 2005

American Judaism, comprised of particular customs, emphases and variations characteristic of how Judaism is practiced in the United States, and the understandings its distinctiveness puts forth, has important implications for the various Jewish denominations, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist, in America. Liebman describes how each of these movements has come to determine its own essence of Judaism, the changing ideas about the existence of a Judaic essence, and some distinguishing characteristics among them all.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Masorti Judaism, Orthodox Judaism, Conservative Judaism, Religious Denominations

Name of Publication: Cambridge Companion to American Judaism

Editor: Kaplan, Dana Evan

Page Number(s): 133-144

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Liebman, Charles S. Concluding Reflections on American Judaism (The Essence of American Judaism). Cambridge Companion to American Judaism. Cambridge University Press. 2005: 133-144.


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