"Not in the Heavens": A History of Jewish Secularism

By David Biale

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), November 2006

The author describes the revolutionary identity of secular Jews, much of which sprung forth from Jewish tradition; the secular "universalism" of "heretical" Jews was itself a very particularistic form of Jewish identity. We might see such Jews as expanding the definition of Jewish identity beyond what it had been in premodern times.

Topic: Tradition, Jewish Identification, Modernity, Secularism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.37/no.635

Page Number(s): 13-14

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Biale, David. "Not in the Heavens": A History of Jewish Secularism. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). November 2006: 13-14. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6897


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