Modern Judaism

  • Dan┬áCohn-Sherbok

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
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About this book


Since the post-Enlightenment, Jews have fragmented into a variety of sub-groups, each with their own religious ideology. This book provides a description as well as a critique of these various Jewish religious groups and offers an alternative model of Judaism based on an assessment of the nature of contemporary Jewish life. As will be seen, modern Jews are deeply divided on a wide variety of issues. Given this situation, no uniform pattern of Jewish existence can be imposed from above, nor is it likely to emerge from within the body of Israel. What is required instead is a philosophy of Jewish autonomy which legitimizes Jewish subjectivity and personal decision-making. This philosophy of Judaism - which is referred to in this study as 'Open Judaism' - provides a new foundation for Jewish life as Jews stand on the threshold of the third millennium.


Age of Enlightenment autonomy corpus enlightenment foundation fragment ideology Israel Judaism model philosophy reconstruction reform subject Zionism

Authors and affiliations

  • Dan┬áCohn-Sherbok
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    • 2
    • 3
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  1. 1.University of KentUK
  2. 2.Middlesex UniversityUK
  3. 3.University of WalesLampeterUK
  4. 4.University of St AndrewsUK

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