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Myth of the Cultural Jew : Culture and Law in Jewish Tradition (Reprint) (Paperback) (Roberta Rosenthal

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A myth exists that Jews can embrace the cultural components of Judaism without appreciating the legal aspects of the Jewish tradition. This myth suggests that law and culture are independent of one another. In reality, however, much of Jewish culture has a basis in Jewish law. Similarly, Jewish law produces Jewish culture. A cultural analysis paradigm provides a useful way of understanding the Jewish tradition as the product of both legal precepts and cultural elements. This paradigm sees law and culture as inextricably intertwined and historically specific. This perspective also emphasizes the human element of law's composition and the role of existing power dynamics in shaping Jewish law.In light of this inevitable intersection between culture and law, The Myth of the Cultural Jew: Culture and Law in Jewish Tradition argues that Jewish culture is shallow unless it is grounded in Jewish law. Roberta Rosenthal Kwall develops and applies a cultural analysis paradigm to the Jewish tradition that departs from the understanding of Jewish law solely as the embodiment of Divine command. Her paradigm explains why both law and culture must matter to those interested in forging meaningful Jewish identity and transmitting the tradition.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 315
Genre: Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement, Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Customary, Judaism / Beliefs + Practices + Rituals, Legal History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Roberta Rosenthal Kwall
Language: English
Street Date: July 1, 2016
TCIN: 51450514
UPC: 9780190627256
Item Number (DPCI): 248-21-5306
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