Membership, Identity and Status - A Review of The Jewish Political Tradition

By Seth Goldstein

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2004

The author reviews a book which gathers and categorizes Jewish texts throughout history dealing with the concept of membership. Topics discussed in the book include election, social hierarchy, gender hierarchy, converts, heretics and apostates, and Jews' relations with non-Jews. Though the timely and serious issue of Palestinians and foreign workers in Israel is virtually absent from the book, the rest of the volume is fairly comprehensive within its theme. Many of the texts are supplemented with scholarly comments, and the overall effect is to spark learning and creativity within today's Jewish communities. The book deepens the contribution made by the first volume in this four-part series, engagingly raising as many questions as it seeks to answer.

Topic: Gender, Membership, Jewish Identification, Publications, Community Relations, Communal Organization

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 68/No. 2

Page Number(s): 82-86

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Goldstein, Seth. Membership, Identity and Status - A Review of The Jewish Political Tradition. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2004: 82-86.


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