Intro to Judaism

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Unformatted text preview: Intro to Judaism 17:57 Introduction Studying Religion and Defining Judaism What is Religion? Presumption: Religion is a human creation Not an assumption about the absolute truth of this presumption Problems with: Beliefs Meaning in ritual First Order vs. Second Order definitions What is Judaism? Define it (question on the final)- am yisrael = biological notion of extended family Normative claims (Us vs. Them) Essentialism- one core idea or essence of something Or, The Adam Sandler Problem What makes them Jews? all connected through their Judaism. He takes all these different groups of Jews and sticks them into one. Family of Traditions Polythetic definitions Judaism itself has no history; no Judaism believes statements Three Maps Self-identification Textual Tradition Canonical- authoritative Conversation Religious Practice Contemporary Judaism: Overview 17:57 Dont need to know every little fact said today US Judaism Vs. Israeli Judaism Most Jews live in either the US or Israel An obvious statement: U.S. Judaism influenced by US Israeli Judaism influenced by Israel A Brief history 1630 Dutch Jews arrive in Brazil 1654: Portuguese retake Brazil, expel Jews Some return to Amsterdam, some go to the West Indies One boatload ends up in New Amsterdam The US community remains small 1704 first Shull Sephardim vs. Ashkenazim religiously rudderless U.S. governmental models affected traditional Jewish ones Volunteerism Contemporary Judaism: Overview 17:57 Judaism: religion or ethnicity? Jewish Movements: A Case Study for Judaism in US Why a case study? The movements take shape within a distinctly US milieu The Domino Effect Reform Orthodox Conservative Ext Reform Judaism Began in Germany 1800s Institutions established in US Grand synagogues with mixed gender seating Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati The Pittsburgh Platform 34-35 Paragraph 3 take on traditions which they deem fit for America Contemporary Judaism: Overview 17:57 Paragraph 4- They are declaring what is silly and was is not, what defines a modern Jew. Paragraph 5- distancing themselves from the ethnic. Reform Jews are citizens of this state (the US). Not looking for a return to Israel and the Temple period. Conservative Judaism Only makes sense in terms of Reform What you are being conservative in comparison to JTS 1887 Halakhah is dynamic The law can change but it is still binding Orthodox Judaism Judaism and modern US: compatible?...
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