By Dana Evan Kaplan,Dana Kaplan
No longer managed by way of a handful of institutional leaders dependent in distant headquarters and rabbinical seminaries, American Judaism is being remodeled by way of the religious judgements of tens of millions of Jews residing in all corners of the us. A pulpit rabbi and himself an American Jew, Dana Evan Kaplan follows this spiritual individualism from its postwar suburban roots to the hippie revolution of the Sixties and the a number of postmodern identities of today.
From Hebrew tattooing to Jewish Buddhist meditation, Kaplan describes the remaking of historic culture in ways in which channel a number of ethnic and nationwide identities. whereas pessimists fear in regards to the vanishing American Jew, Kaplan specializes in the artistic responses to modern non secular tendencies that experience made a Jewish spiritual renaissance attainable. He believes that the reorientation of yank Judaism has been a "bottom up" technique, resisted by way of elites who've basically reluctantly replied to the calls for of the "spiritual marketplace." the yank Jewish denominational constitution is for this reason weakening even as that spiritual experimentation is emerging, resulting in leading edge techniques which are supplanting latest associations. the outcome, as Kaplan makes transparent, is an exhilarating transformation of what it skill to be a spiritual Jew in twenty-first century America.
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