Jews in America (Religion in American Life) by Hasia R. Diner

By Hasia R. Diner

On September 19, 1934, Hank Greenberg--a strong hitter who led the yank League in domestic runs 4 times--refused to play for his workforce, the Detroit Tigers. as a substitute he selected to watch the Jewish vacation Yom Kippur. On that day he positioned his id as a Jew over the main American activity, and the Tigers' fanatics rallied at the back of his choice. This tale is a superb instance of how the United States has embraced Judaism, in addition to a couple of different religions, as an immense aspect in our assorted spiritual makeup. A chronicle of Jewish lifestyles within the United States--from the coming of 23 Jews within the New global in 1654, during the centuries of non secular intolerance and social injustice, and directly to the separation of yank Jewry into Orthodox and Reform movements--Jews in the USA reconstructs the multifaceted heritage and intensely American variations of this non secular workforce. Hasia Diner offers interesting information about Jewish non secular traditions, vacation trips and sacred texts: bar mitzvahs and seder dinners, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana, the Talmud and the Torah. additionally, she relates the background of Jewish non secular, political, and highbrow associations within the usa, from The day-by-day ahead newspaper and the synagogues in New York's decrease East aspect to the Jewish protection League and the Holocaust Museum in Washington. The e-book tackles the largest concerns dealing with Jewish americans this present day, together with their more and more complicated dating with Israel.

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A few eastern European Jews, like the central Europeans before them, tried to make a living by peddling.

People observed Jewish law in every part of their lives, and Jewish values underlay everything they did. They revered the rabbis and scholars who studied Jewish law. Those rabbis warned the Jews of eastern Europe against going to the United States. The rabbis feared that Jews who wished to observe their traditions would find life difficult in the United Most of the Jewish immigrants were young men and women who rightly believed that they had no future in Russia and other parts of eastern Europe.

But sometimes women made the important decisions, and many of them had their own businesses, independent of their husbands. Some Jewish women, often widows, ran boardinghouses for the peddlers and other single immigrant men who needed a place to stay. Other women operated their own stores in their own names. Sarah Goldwater, who lived in California’s Tuolumne County in the 1860s, did not want to be responsible for her husband’s debts, so she filed a statement with the courthouse, saying, “from and after this date I intend to carry on and transact in my own name and on my own account, the business of tailoring and merchandising.

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