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The Myth of Jewish Identity

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Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Daniel S. Brenner

Series: CLAL Culture Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Text; Jewish Identification; Diversity

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author argues that identity itself is a performance, understood through a complex set of masks. He posits that the Jewish tradition is so resilient because it understands that there is no eternally immutable interpretation, no end to the process of identity construction, and nothing in this world that is absolutely perfect and deserving of worship.