After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity

HUC Press  2004

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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