The Self-Defeating Surplus

By Steven M. Cohen

Moment Magazine, June 1987

The author discusses the struggle of American Jews to both integrate as Americans and survive as Jews. The author focuses in particular on the shift from American integrationism to Jewish survivalism which occurred in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The author argues that an excessive focus on survivalism has prevented us from considering potentially more creative sorts of endeavor, and suggests instead a focus on Jewish interests, enhancing Jewish learning and culture, and building a richer relationship with Israel. In other words, the author urges that we worry less about whether we'll manage to survive as Jews and more about how we are going to live as Jews.

Topic: Continuity, Culture, Immigration, Jewish Continuity, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Moment Magazine

Editor: Fein, Leonard

Page Number(s): 29-34

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Steven M. The Self-Defeating Surplus. Moment Magazine. Moment Magazine. June 1987: 29-34.


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