Continuity and Discontinuity: A Narrative of Modern Jewish Civilization

In this course, we will examine the range of European Jewish responses to modernity and the shaping of modern Judaism in Europe through the twentieth century. Topics include the Jewish Enlightenment, the dynamics of Emancipation, the rise of Reform Judaism and modern Orthodoxy, Hasidism and Lithuanian Orthodoxy, the process of modernization among eastern European Jewry, Yiddish literature, the origins of Zionism, secular Jewish identities, modern Jewish philosophy, and the dynamics of Jewish modernity in the twentieth century. The course is accompanied by David Ariel’s Continuity and Discontinuity: A Narrative of Modern Jewish Civilization.

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