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Imagining the Jewish Future
Essays and Responses
Imagining the Jewish Future
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David A. Teutsch - Editor
Price: $55.50 
Hardcover - 290 pages
Release Date: November 1992
ISBN10: 0-7914-1167-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1167-4

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Paperback - 290 pages
Release Date: November 1992
ISBN10: 0-7914-1168-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1168-1

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"This book is exciting. It brims with spiritual, intellectual, and practical vigor. The variety of essayists and the interaction among writers gives the reader a sense of involvement in a stimulating colloquium." -- Baruch Frydman-Kohl, Congregation Ohav Shalom

During a time of rapid change in the American Jewish community, an outstanding group of Jewish scholars and professionals address the critical problems and future prospects of American Jewry. They discuss the sharp controversies over feminism and religious language, new data on the relationship between Israelis and American Jews, and the interaction between family and synagogue. The wide scope of topics provides an understanding of the dynamics shaping the lives of American Jews and their diverse views of the future.

Rabbi Teutsch is Professor and Executive Vice President at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. He is the editor of Kol Haneshamah.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

David A. Teutsch

Section I. Religion and Theology

1. God, Prayer, and Religious Language

Essay:

Arthur Green

Response:

Judith Plaskow

2. Tradition and Religious Practice

Essay:

Deborah E. Lipstadt

Responses:

Michael Paley

Everett Gendler

Section II. Culture and Education

3. Jewish Education: Crisis and Vision

Essay:

Jonathan Woocher

Responses:

Kathy Green

Joseph Reimer

4. Creativity and Community: The Jewish Artist's Experience

Essay:

Marcia Falk

Responses:

Richard A. Siegel

Omus Hirshbein

5. Jewish Literacy: Will More and More Be Known
by Fewer and Fewer?


Essay:

Hillel Levine

Response:

Rela Geffen Monson

Section III. Israel and World Jewry

6. Are American and Israeli Jews Drifting Apart?

Essay:

Steven M. Cohen

Response:

Martin J. Raffel

7. Facing the Jewish Future

Essay:

Philip M. Klutznick

Section IV. Family, Community, and Morality

8. Jewish Family Ethics in a Post-halakhic Age

Essay:

Martha A. Ackelsberg

Responses:

Esther Ticktin

Elliot N. Dorff

9. The Coming Reformation in American Jewish Identity

Essay:

Egon Mayer

Responses:

Richard J. lsrael

Deborah Dash Moore

10. Social Justice: Reenvisioning Our Vision

Essay:

Arthur Waskow

Response:

David A. Wortman

11. The Synagogue and Caring Community

Essay:

Lawrence Kushner

Responses:

Burt Jacobson

Lee Friedlander

Section V. An Integrated Vision

12. Theology and Community

Essay:

Arnold Eisen

Response:

Jacob J. Staub

Notes

Authors' Biographies


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