The vanishing American Jew: in search of Jewish identity for the next century

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Little, Brown,
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©1997.
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In this urgent book, Alan M. Dershowitz shows why American Jews are in danger of disappearing - and what must be done now to create a renewed sense of Jewish identity for the next century. In previous times, the threats to Jewish survival were external - the virulent consequences of anti-Semitism. Now, however, in late-twentieth-century America, the danger has shifted. Jews today are more secure, more accepted, more assimilated, and more successful than ever before. They've dived into the melting pot - and they've achieved the American Dream. And that, according to Dershowitz, is precisely the problem. More than 50 percent of Jews will marry non-Jews, and their children will most often be raised as non-Jews. Which means, in the view of Dershowitz, that American Jews will vanish as a distinct cultural group sometime in the next century - unless they act now. Speaking to concerned Jews everywhere, Dershowitz calls for a new Jewish identity that focuses on the positive - the 3,500-year-old legacy of Jewish culture, values, and traditions. Dershowitz shows how this new Jewish identity can compete in America's open environment of opportunity and choice - and offers concrete proposals on how to instill it in the younger generation.
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table_of_contents Introduction: The "Jewish Question" for the Twenty-first Century: Can We Survive Our Success? -- pt. I. The Problem Defined. Ch. 1. An America Without Jews -- pt. II. Why So Many Jews are Drifting Away. Ch. 2. Will the End of Institutional Anti-Semitism Mean the End of the Jews? Ch. 3. Anti-Semitism in the Twenty-first Century: Changing to Adapt to the New Realities. Ch. 4. The Dangers of the Christian Right -- and Their Jewish Allies -- pt. III. Proposed Solutions -- and Why They Will Not Be Enough to Preserve Jewish Life. Ch. 5. Go to Shul!: The Religious Solution to the Jewish Question of the Twenty-first Century. Ch. 6. Make Aliyah!: The Israeli Solution to the Jewish Question of the Twenty-first Century. Ch. 7. Be a Mensch!: The Ethical Solution to the Jewish Question of the Twenty-first Century -- pt. IV. A Workable Answer to the Jewish Question. Ch. 8. Filling the Yiddisher Cup: The Competitive Solution to the Jewish Future -- Epilogue: A Call to Action -- Appendix. The $500 Beginning Jewish Home Library.
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title The vanishing American Jew : in search of Jewish identity for the next century
title_display The vanishing American Jew : in search of Jewish identity for the next century
title_full The vanishing American Jew : in search of Jewish identity for the next century / Alan M. Dershowitz
title_short The vanishing American Jew :
title_sort vanishing american jew in search of jewish identity for the next century
title_sub in search of Jewish identity for the next century
topic Antisemitism, Antisemitism United States, Culturele identiteit, Ethnic relations, Identität, Jews Politics and government, Jews United States Politics and government, Joden, Judaism, Judaism United States, Juden, USA, United States, United States Ethnic relations
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