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Divergent Jewish Cultures: Israel and America

Deborah Dash Moore and S. Ilan Troen


Two creative centers of Jewish life rose to prominence in the twentieth century, one in Israel and the other in the United States. Although Israeli and American Jews share kinship and history drawn from their Eastern European roots, they have developed divergent cultures from their common origins, often seeming more like distant cousins than close relatives. This book explores why this is so, examining how two communities that constitute eighty per cent of the world's Jewish population have created separate identities and cultures. Using examples from literature, art, history, and politics, pr ... More

Keywords: Jewish life, twentieth century, Israeli Jews, American Jews, Diaspora, Jewish identity

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Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300084269
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300084269.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Dash Moore, editor

S. Ilan Troen, editor

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Deborah Dash Moore and S. Ilan Troen

Part I Establishing New Identities

Part II Contested Identities

Part III Political Cultures

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