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Published: 04 August 2016

336 Pages


ISBN: 9780190627256

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The Myth of the Cultural Jew

Culture and Law in Jewish Tradition

Roberta Rosenthal Kwall

  • Analyzes the idea that Jews can embrace the cultural components of Judaism without appreciating the legal aspects of the Jewish tradition
  • Explains that much of Jewish culture has a basis in Jewish law, and that Jewish law produces Jewish culture
  • Develops and applies a cultural analysis paradigm to the Jewish tradition that departs from the understanding of Jewish law solely as the embodiment of Divine command
  • Emphasizes the human element of law's composition and the role of existing power dynamics in shaping Jewish law
  • Explains why both law and culture must matter to those interested in forging meaningful Jewish identity and transmitting the tradition

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