Religious Practices, Mentalities, and Community

Marion A. Kaplan

in Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171648
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199871346 | DOI:
Religious Practices, Mentalities, and Community

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This chapter shows that by the 19th century, most Jews practiced an individualistic religiosity, influenced by their family, location, community, or nation and even by their own life cycles. Belonging to a Jewish family and to Jewish organizational life remained a linchpin of Judaism as Jews fashioned a comfort zone somewhere between tradition and Bildung, between conformity to hallowed customs and openness to new forms of Jewish life.

Keywords: German Jews; religion; religious practice; Judaism

Chapter.  7580 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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