After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity
The modern period, with all of its challenges and opportunities, has forced the leaders of all the denominations of Judaism—from Liberal to ultra-Orthodox— to redefine and re-conceptualize themselves and their traditions. In this book of 23 fascinating essays, the scholar David Ellenson finds that rather than stifle Judaism, as some had feared, Emancipation has provided a context for creativity and adaptability. Through an erudite examination of legal writings, prayer books, sermons and journal articles, Ellenson looks at a wide range of issues including liturgical innovation, the status of women, fertility treatments and the Jewish responsibility toward non-Jews.
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