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Marion A. Kaplan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171648

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171648.001.0001

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Religious Practices, Mentalities, and Community

Religious Practices, Mentalities, and Community

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(p.235) 17 Religious Practices, Mentalities, and Community
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Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945
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Marion A. Kaplan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171648.003.0018

This chapter shows that by the 19th century, most Jews practiced an individualistic religiosity, influenced by their family, location, community, or nation and even by their own life cycles. Belonging to a Jewish family and to Jewish organizational life remained a linchpin of Judaism as Jews fashioned a comfort zone somewhere between tradition and Bildung, between conformity to hallowed customs and openness to new forms of Jewish life.

Keywords:   German Jews, religion, religious practice, Judaism

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