Outside the Box: DIY Jewish

By Ben Dreyfus

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, December 2011

One could look at my Jewish life trajectory and conclude that my embrace of do-it-yourself Judaism is a rebellion against my upbringing. But the more accurate description is that it is a continuation and deepening of that upbringing. Just as the rabbi's family (in a milieu where many people are dependent on the rabbi) does not defer to an external authority to be Jewish or to do Jewish for them, so do I as an adult seek to be self-reliant in my Jewish life.

Topic: Ritual, Empowerment, Religious Observance, Prayer Communities, Identity Formation

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.685

Page Number(s): 8-9

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Dreyfus, Ben. Outside the Box: DIY Jewish. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. December 2011: 8-9. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13436


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