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Cultural Disjunctions: Post-Traditional Jewish Identities

Paul Mendes-Flohr


Jews are no longer only Jews. They have acquired multiple identities. These identities are often discontinuous. One’s professional, social, political, and cultural affiliations may engender an identity that might not overlap with one’s inherited identity. As much as they may enrich one personally, this whirl of discontinuous identities might also yield a destabilizing tension with one’s self-understanding as a Jew. The following essay considers this dialectical tension as it is manifest in the expansion of the Jew’s cultural horizons beyond those established by rabbinic tradition. Under the ru ... More

Keywords: cultural disjunctions, post-traditional Jewish identities, second innocence, identity politics, Jewish learning, phenomenology of faith, rooted cosmopolitanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226784861
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226785059.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Mendes-Flohr, author
University of Chicago