Non­fic­tion

Remix Judaism: Pre­serv­ing Tra­di­tion in a Diverse World

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2019

Remix Judaism: Pre­serv­ing Tra­di­tion in a Diverse World offers a unique­ly cre­ative vision of Judaism for all Jews seek­ing a sense of belong­ing in a chang­ing world, regard­less of their cur­rent lev­el of obser­vance. Aimed specif­i­cal­ly at those Jews in the Unit­ed States and else­where who want to craft a more mean­ing­ful Jew­ish exis­tence (for them­selves and their chil­dren) out­side the para­me­ters of a strict­ly obser­vant lifestyle, Remix Judaism sets out a process of selec­tion, rejec­tion, and mod­i­fi­ca­tion of rit­u­als that focus­es on a cel­e­bra­tion of Jew­ish tra­di­tion rather than on the oblig­a­tions of Jew­ish law. This remixed approach to Judaism empha­sizes the con­sis­tent obser­vance of authen­tic rit­u­als, how­ev­er one choos­es to inter­pret and per­form them. The book edu­cates read­ers by incor­po­rat­ing Tal­mu­dic and oth­er nar­ra­tives as well as soci­o­log­i­cal stud­ies and his­tor­i­cal con­tent. Chap­ters cov­er top­ics rang­ing from food and hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions to mar­riage and mourn­ing, and col­lec­tive­ly illus­trate how read­ers can bet­ter define their indi­vid­ual and fam­i­ly Jew­ish jour­neys by mind­ful­ly craft­ing pat­terns of joy­ful obser­vance that are simul­ta­ne­ous­ly authen­tic and adaptable.

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