Kitsch, Schmaltz, and Other Jewish Values

By David Klinghoffer

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, November 15, 1996

The author responds to Daniel Schifrin, pointing out that the elements of culture that draw secular Jews into Judaism are an attraction to its ethnic roots, not its religious responsibilities or spirituality. Further, culture is not the central concern in renewing Judaism; it is the Torah and its teachings.

Topic: Tradition, Culture, Jewish Identification, Ethnicity, Jewish Text, Religion, Values, Secularism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.27/no.521

Page Number(s): 3-4

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Klinghoffer, David. Kitsch, Schmaltz, and Other Jewish Values. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 15 November 1996: 3-4. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8434


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