What Is the Use of American Jewish Community History?

By Jonathan D. Sarna

The Indiana Jewish Historical Society, June 1984

Sarna offers five broad principles about the use of history: 1) our study of the past teaches us that we have a history; 2) history can put a contemporary problem in a broader and sometimes quite different perspective; 3) the past teaches us not just that we have a useable history, but also that we have a variegated history, a history that is much richer and more diverse than any of us realize; 4) the past teaches us that we have an organic history: that differences and distances notwithstanding we are nevertheless integrally related one to another; we form one world; 5) The past teaches us that we have a history that bind us across time.

Topic: History, Jewish-Christian Relations, Education

Name of Publication: Indiana Jewish History

Volume/Issue: Vol.18

Page Number(s): 8-17

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Sarna, Jonathan D. What Is the Use of American Jewish Community History?. Indiana Jewish History. The Indiana Jewish Historical Society. June 1984: 8-17. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12092


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