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Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (Hardback)
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Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 10/03/2009
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Lila Corwin Berman asks why, over the course of the twentieth century, American Jews became increasingly fascinated, even obsessed, with explaining themselves to their non-Jewish neighbors. What she discovers is that language itself became a crucial tool for Jewish group survival and integration into American life. Berman investigates a wide range of sources - radio and television broadcasts, bestselling books, sociological studies, debates about Jewish marriage and intermarriage, Jewish missionary work, and more - to reveal how rabbis, intellectuals, and others created a seemingly endless array of explanations about why Jews were indispensable to American life. Even as the content of these explanations developed and shifted over time, the very project of self-explanation would become a core element of Jewishness in the twentieth century.

Publisher: University of California Press
ISBN: 9780520256804
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm

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