The End of Survivalist Judaism? American Jews in Search of Direction

By Daniel Gordis

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, January 21, 1994

As uncomfortable as it is for American liberal Jews who value their autonomy, it is the notion of "commanded-ness" (mitzvah) that makes a Jewish life Jewish. Without it, Jewish life becomes simply a Judaized form of an American liberal lifestyle. In that sense it cannot deliver the unique passion that Jews who return to their religion seek.

Topic: Halakha, Continuity, Jewish Law, Antisemitism, Jewish Identification, Autonomy, Liberal Judaism, Meaning, Jewish Continuity, Religious Denominations, Values

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

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.24/no.466

Page Number(s): 5-7

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Gordis, Daniel. The End of Survivalist Judaism? American Jews in Search of Direction. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 21 January 1994: 5-7. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7452


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