Amish, English. Jewish, Goyish

By Robert Rabinowitz

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 2000

The author discusses how the Amish have set up boundaries between themselves and others and compares these methods to those of the Jews. For example, the Amish call those who are unlike them English, and in a similar manner, Jews refer to anyone who is not Jewish as Gentiles. He argues that too many differences between people exist to clump them all into one "other" category. He acknowledges how even Jews have a boundary between Jews who are from New York, and Jews from anywhere else - the latter now being referred to as "Goyish." The author ultimately asserts that while boundaries inevitably exist, they should not be static and should be able to shift with the times.

Topic: Race, Community Relations, Cultural Sensitivity, Religion

Name of Publication: CLAL on Culture Archive

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Rabinowitz, Robert. Amish, English. Jewish, Goyish. CLAL on Culture Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2000:


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