"To Live Outside the Law, You Must Be Honest"- Boundaries, Borderlands and the Ethics of Cultural Negotiation

By Rachel Adler

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2004

The author argues that Judaism has always been influenced by the cultures and religions it encounters. The author presents a case study in an attempt to demonstrate how people who are intermarrying can enrich Judaism by modeling how to transgress or negotiate boundaries in a way that retains integrity. The author concludes by arguing that while such transgressions do threaten religious cultures, they also revivify, suffusing religious content with new perspectives, new urgencies and new visions.

Topic: Intermarriage, Culture, Community Relations, Diversity

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.68/No.2

Page Number(s): 4-15.

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Adler, Rachel. "To Live Outside the Law, You Must Be Honest"- Boundaries, Borderlands and the Ethics of Cultural Negotiation. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2004: 4-15.. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4179


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