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Publication Date: January 1981

Publisher(s): Transaction Publishers

Author(s): Samuel C. Heilman

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: American Jews; Religious denominations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The purpose of this article is to examine a critical dimension of the mechanisms by which modern Orthodox Jews have carried out their cosmological oscillations: reinterpretation. The increased mobility, education, and accompanying general involvement of Orthodox Jews in contemporary America, along with a "contraacculturative" trend toward flamboyant and aggressive assertions of ethnic Orthodoxy, placed such reinterpretation of past and present and the continuity it allows among perhaps the most crucial ideological tasks for the traditionalist moderns.