The New Quest for Religious Meaning

By Norman E. Frimer

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, 1974

The author discusses how the conventional myths of progress as well as the process of secularization have slipped away, which challenges both the modern man and the modern Jew to face a rediscovered fuller self. The author presents three groups who can be counted among the ne dorshei ha-Shem, "seekers after God": the "Renewers," the "Tasters," and the Ba'ale T'shuvah (those who become religious). The author encourages an engaged observation and ongoing study to understand the seminal motivation for this resurgence, arguing that dismissing the phenomenon as perfunctory could prove a historic risk for the Jewish community.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Spirituality, Psychology/Psychiatry, Identity Formation, Religion

Name of Publication: The Test of Time: A Commemoration and Celebration of Hillel's Fiftieth Anniversary

Editor: Jospe, Alfred

Page Number(s): 37-47

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Frimer, Norman E. The New Quest for Religious Meaning. The Test of Time: A Commemoration and Celebration of Hillel's Fiftieth Anniversary. Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. 1974: 37-47. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4542


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