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Wayne State University Press
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Nineteenth-century French Jewry was a community struggling to meet the challenges of emancipation and modernity. This struggle, with its origins in the founding of the French nation, constitutes the core of modern Jewish identity. With the Revolution of 1789 came the collapse of the social, political, and philosophical foundations of exclusiveness, forcing French society and the Jews to come to terms with the meaning of emancipation. Over time, the enormous challenge that emancipation posed for traditional Jewish beliefs became evident. In the 1830s, a more comprehensive ideology of regeneration emerged through the efforts of younger Jewish scholars and intellectuals. A response to the social and religious implications of emancipation, it was characterized by the demand for the elimination of rituals that violated the French conceptions of civilization and social integration; a drive for greater administrative centralization; and the quest for inter-communal and ethnic unity. In its various elements, regeneration formed a distinct ideology of emancipation that was designed to mediate Jewish interaction with French society and culture. Jay Berkovitz reveals the complexities inherent in the processes of emancipation and modernization, focusing on the efforts of French Jewish leaders to come to terms with the social and religious implications of modernity. All in all, his emphasis on the intellectual history of French Jewry provides a new perspective on a significant chapter of Jewish history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. PART ONE: Enlightenment, Revolution, and Emancipation
  1. 1. The Road to Emancipation
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  1. 2. The Emergence of the “Jewish Question”
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  1. 3. French Maskilim and the Paris Sanhedrin
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  1. PART TWO: The Beginnings of Modernization
  1. 4. The Jewish Community: Continuity and Change
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  1. 5. The Flight from Traditional Identity
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  1. PART THREE: Tradition and Transformation
  1. 6. Le Mouvement Régénérateur
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  1. 7. Schools and Schoolmen
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  1. 8. The Ideology of Educational Reform
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  1. 9. The Modernization of Rabbinic Training
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  1. 10. The Struggle over Religious Reform
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  1. PART FOUR: Jewish Identity in the Second Republic and Second Empire
  1. 11. Unity and Solidarity
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  1. 12. Conclusion
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  1. Notes
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  1. Glossary
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  1. Selected Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814344071
Related ISBN
9780814344088
MARC Record
OCLC
1111961990
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-16
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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