Dogmas and Allgiances in Contemporary Judaism

By Shaul Magid

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, April 2010

Magid observes that Zionism, Holocaust memory, and the fear of intermarriage remain dominant ways for Jews to define themselves in contemporary America. While they may still have a role to play, they have largely been turned into dogmas to replace religious dogmas no longer operative, with all the negativity, rigidity, and fearfulness that go along with dogmatic propositions. Moreover, they do not give Jews seeking a more meaningful identity in accord with American values much to work with.

Topic: Intermarriage, Jewish Identification, Jewish Identity, Shoah, Ideology, Communal Memory, Holocaust, Israel Advocacy, Zionism, Hasbara, Identity

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

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.40/no.669

Page Number(s): 3-4

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Magid, Shaul. Dogmas and Allgiances in Contemporary Judaism. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. April 2010: 3-4. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7905


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