The Reappropriation of Jewish Tradition in the Modern Era

By Charles S. Liebman

Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) Press, 1992

The author puts forth a definition of "tradition" that he uses to elucidate what it means to re-appropriate tradition. This concept, he claims, refers to the continual process in which a tradition is re-appropriated so that it may retain its relevance for contemporary society. He argues that for the Jewish tradition, the question becomes how Jews continually reformulate Judaism on the one hand and their behavior on the other in order to maintain a balance between tradition and contemporary life.

Topic: Halakha, History, Jewish Law, Tradition, Faith, Belief, Modernity, Values

Name of Publication: The Uses of Tradition: Jewish Continuity in the Modern Era

Editor: Wertheimer, Jack

Page Number(s): 471-477

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Liebman, Charles S. The Reappropriation of Jewish Tradition in the Modern Era. The Uses of Tradition: Jewish Continuity in the Modern Era. Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) Press. 1992: 471-477. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11953


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