The Politics of Judaism - A Review of The Jewish Political Tradition

By Seth Goldstein

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 2000

The author reviews a book which gathers and categorizes Jewish texts throughout history dealing with the concept of authority. Topics discussed in the book include revelation, kings, rabbis and sages, and priests. Although it may seem novel to Judaicize politics or politicize Judaism, this latter exercise is quite relevant to modern Reconstructionist Jews, who embrace American ideals as part of their own Jewish value system. In a religious system which lacks any final authority, the texts highlighted by this volume raise critical questions about the formation and retention of Jewish communities and the interplay between the group and the individual in modern Jewish societies.

Topic: Political Behavior, Reconstructionist Judaism, Publications, Community Development, Politics

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 65/No. 1

Page Number(s): 54-59

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Goldstein, Seth. The Politics of Judaism - A Review of The Jewish Political Tradition. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 2000: 54-59.


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