Contemporary Jewry

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Judaism, modernization, and anti-modernization

  • Hillel Levine


The manner in which etements of Judaism as a religion may have been active in mediating the effects of early stages of modernization in Eastern and Western Europe, and how that religion itself may have been altered, call for careful examination The concept of shifting boundaries has been used to underscore both the dialectical relationship and numberable positions between tradition and modernity as useful designations While dealing primarily with Prussia as an example of certain Western patterns of change, and different regions of prepartition Poland illustrating Eastern patterns, this analysis of shifting boundaries can be extended to other areas—France, England, Holland and the Americas—to understand movements and developments of modern Jewish history The broad comparative historical sociology for which this paper calls will relate the more universal and regional studies of Judaism and nuxtemization, ennched by the newer conceptualizations of the relationship between religion and modemizattion

Religion, concerned with the eternal, is often an excellent gauge of what is alterable in society and culture (Geertz, 1971 56) The religionist, observing this change, will speak of old wine m new bottles The student of religious change must look for the new wine in old bottles


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hillel Levine
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale UniversityGerman

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