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Jew Vs Jew: The Struggle For The Soul Of American Jewry Paperback – September 21, 2007
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Three other criticisms of "Jew vs. Jew." First, Freedman claims (ambitiously) to be painting a picture of "the soul of American Jewry" today. But does Freedman really believe that there IS one "soul" and one "American Jewry" - or should be -- in such a large, diverse population? Second, Freedman argues that, in America, Jews are being "loved to death," and that this is a bad thing. But wait a second...isn't it GOOD that anti-Semitism has declined to the lunatic fringe?Read more ›
Some reviews have called this book a "definitive study", which cannot be the case, since huge areas of Jewish life are left alone by this one volume; however, there is surely room for expansion, and a sequel of sorts would certainly be received graciously by me! There are areas where greater depth may have been appropriate, but for the most part, a sensible level of thought has been articulated.
Perhaps most importantly, this book will serve as an insight to both Jews and non-Jews into the challenges and conflicts which have faced and doubtless will face the Jewish community, both in the USA and in the rest of the world, in the last few years and in the next few. Particularly interesting are Freedman's "predictions", specifically his prediction of the demise of "modern orthodoxy" into Conservatism.
In short, read the book, and see if you agree.
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I don't know if this is a great book but I find myself taking it out of the library and re-reading it every 5 years or so. Read morePublished 16 months ago by abe
Freedman spent two years and nine months researching and writing this book; the subject is obviously close to his heart but he has worked hard to be scrupulously fair. Read morePublished on July 19, 2007 by Words can be music
This book should be read if for no other reason than its fascinating subject. In portraying a series of Jewish communities, Samuel Freedman powerfully portrays both the diversity... Read morePublished on May 4, 2006 by Daniel A. Spiro
Freedman intends to study how American Jews differ on how they should interpret religion. For example, some Jews believe in strict adherance to Jewish doctrines, while some favour... Read morePublished on March 31, 2006 by B. Wolinsky
It has been thirty years or more since I left America , but I do have some sense of what has gone on with the American- Jewish community in that time. Read morePublished on March 30, 2006 by Shalom Freedman
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A terrific book for anyone who wants to get beyond the epithets and get a sharper focus on the current struggle over religion in the U.S. Read morePublished on April 2, 2005 by Amazon Customer
Freedman explores the foremost in what is affecting Jews today. His stories, his words, and his writing are all excellent. Read morePublished on August 15, 2004 by A. Edwards
I read this book in 2001 on the recommendation of a friend and just reread it. For this generation of American Jews, post-Boomer, post-post WWII, it's the closest thing to a... Read morePublished on November 9, 2003 by A curious reader