Jeffrey S. Gurock, <i>American Jewish Orthodoxy in Historical Perspective</i>. Hoboken: Ktav, 1996. xxv + 457 pp.

Charles S. Liebman

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195134681
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848652 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Jeffrey S. Gurock, American Jewish Orthodoxy in Historical Perspective. Hoboken: Ktav, 1996. xxv + 457 pp.

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A review of the book, American Jewish Orthodoxy in Historical Perspective by Jeffrey S. Gurock is presented. This is a collection of fifteen previously published essays by the author. They focus on the period between 1880 and 1920. The author's central points are that Orthodox Judaism, or at least a proto-Orthodox Judaism, existed in the United States as early as the second half of the 19th century. Orthodoxy is not only to be found among East European immigrants or among the more established and culturally sophisticated Jews of Sephardic descent, but also among older arrivals from Central Europe. Second, the battle lines over attitudes toward modernity, Americanization, secular education and ritual changes were not only drawn between Orthodox and Conservative but within Orthodoxy itself, and even within East European immigrant Orthodoxy.

Keywords: immigrants; Jews; Orthodox Judaism

Chapter.  618 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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