- Series: Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life
- Paperback: 287 pages
- Publisher: Brandeis (September 15, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0874518482
- ISBN-13: 978-0874518481
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,565,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A People Divided: Judaism in Contemporary America (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life)
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“This is a fascinating historical and sociological interpretation of American Judaism -- in all of its complexity- -- in the last half of the 20th century. Wertheimer's account will be the standard reference for years to come.” (James Davison Hunter, author of Culture Wars)
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In any case reading this work will provide a true understanding of the basic sociological identity of the American Jewish community.
While JEW V. JEW imitates midrash in its telling of divisions among American Jews, A PEOPLE DIVIDED gives a more straightforward account and the historical perspective needed to make sense of the battles American Jews are now fighting among themselves. I read this over the summer of 2000, when I was relatively new to Judaism, and it proved an immeasurable help in understanding why the Jewish community is the way it is.
The only reason I don't give this book four stars is that Wertheimer occasionally lapses into his own (rather obvious) Conservative bias. Somehow, he seems to believe that the current wars have started because both Orthodoxy and Reform have branched off from the "true Judaism" represented by the Conservative Movement. Wertheimer also could have paid more attention to Reconstructionism, a branch of Judaism that, though it has some similarities to Reform, has its own internal philosophical battles.
All in all, though, A PEOPLE DIVIDED is an excellent introduction to its subject matter and a book I highly recommend.