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Jewish Civilization Between Rise, Thriving, and Decline

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Publication Date: May 2006

Publisher(s): Jewish People Policy Planning Institute

Author(s): Shalom Salomon Wald

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Culture and religion (Culture and civilization)
Social conditions (Social research)

Keywords: Renewal and Renaissance; Culture; History; Jewish Continuity

Type: Report


The author situates the Jewish people somewhere "between thriving and decline," with some trends moving in positive and others in negative directions. He explores the theories of fifteen authors throughout history whose general observations are likely to have universal validity and application to the Jewish people. He considers their theories on the causes of rise and decline from four categories: lessons of history, strengthening drivers of thriving, coping with challenges and threats, and contentious factors.