Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Secular Jewish Thought

By David Biale

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2011

The author describes his most recent book, Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought (Princeton, 2010), which uses his own family's story as a backdrop. He states for many, rejection of religion in favor of a secular life was not the result of ideology but instead a response to the dislocations of modernity: secular education, urbanization, migration, and the breakup of traditional society. While it may sometimes seem as if the story of secularization is a narrative of the world we have lost, secularism is not only a negative--it is also an effort to fashion a new identity out of the shards of the past.

Topic: History, Tradition, Jewish Identity, Family, Modernity, Religion, Secularism, Identity

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Bunzl, Matti , Havrelock, Rachel

Volume/Issue: Spring 2011

Page Number(s): 5-6

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Biale, David. Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Secular Jewish Thought. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2011: 5-6. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12005


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