American Jewry: The View from Israel, 5748

By Daniel J. Elazar

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), 1987

It is well to remember in this year of the bicentennial of the Constitution of the United States that 200 years ago the Americans, following Newtonian physics, sought to build a social perpetual motion machine that would keep the country in orbit even through it was populated by imperfect people in an imperfect world. American Jewry, which for the most part has abandoned halakhah as a vehicle for Jewish continuity, seems to have implicitly adopted perpetual motion as its method for remaining in orbit. It is a fascinating experiment, fascinating to watch from afar, and fascinating to be part of -- and almost impossible to convey to Israelis or Jews from other lands.

Topic: Culture, Social Issues, Values, Communal Organization

Name of Publication: Israel-Diaspora Relations

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Elazar, Daniel J. American Jewry: The View from Israel, 5748. Israel-Diaspora Relations. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 1987:


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