Thinking About Male Jewish Identity

By Lawrence Bush

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 2001

This article argues that there is a complex identity crisis for Jewish men of the baby-boom generation, and then reviews Jeffrey Salkin's "Searching for My Brothers" and Kerry Olitzky's "From Your Father's House: Reflections for Modern Jewish Men", discussing how they offer resources from Judaism and Jewish history for the reconstruction of Jewish masculine identity. The author argues that both Kerry Olitzky and Jeffrey Salkin have worked to distill the turmoil of this generation and to give new dignity to the Jewish paradigm of masculinity. The author also suggests that Olitzky's book might best be used by mens groups or synagogue brotherhoods to open up discussion, while Salkin's work is a considerably more substantial and personally revealing book about Jewish men in a Gentile world.

Topic: Gender, Men, Publications, Women, Identity Formation

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.66/No.1

Page Number(s): 67-69

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Bush, Lawrence. Thinking About Male Jewish Identity. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 2001: 67-69. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4178


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