Jewish Culture and Its Discontents

Let me say it again: Jewish secular culture is too thin and open to support a real collective identity. So now what?

A postcard featuring I.L. Peretz, one of the founders Yiddish culture, circa 1923. Wikimedia.
A postcard featuring I.L. Peretz, one of the founders Yiddish culture, circa 1923. Wikimedia.
Response
May 26 2014
About the author

James Loeffler, associate professor of history at the University of Virginia and scholar-in-residence at Pro Musica Hebraica, is currently the Robert A. Savitt fellow at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. His “The Death of Jewish Culture” was the featured monthly essay in Mosaic for May 2014.


Let me begin by thanking Michael Weingrad, Jonathan Rosen, and Abraham Socher for their engaging reflections on my essay, “The Death of Jewish Culture.” I’ll address their specific comments before offering a brief suggestion about where to go from here.

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