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Richard I. Cohen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190912628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190912628.001.0001

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Carmel U. Chiswick, Judaism in Transition: How Economic Choices Shape Religious Tradition. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. 234 pp.

Carmel U. Chiswick, Judaism in Transition: How Economic Choices Shape Religious Tradition. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. 234 pp.

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Carmel U. Chiswick, Judaism in Transition: How Economic Choices Shape Religious Tradition. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. 234 pp.
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Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society
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Richard I. Cohen
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190912628.003.0040

This chapter reviews the book Judaism in Transition: How Economic Choices Shape Religious Tradition (2014), by Carmel U. Chiswick. In Judaism in Transition, Chiswick examines the evolving nature of Judaism, primarily in America but also in Israel. Using the principles of cost-benefit analysis, Chiswick argues that economic choices influence participation in all areas of Jewish life. Focusing on historical and current choices such as Jewish education and synagogue membership, she not only highlights the role of economics in the time-allocation decisions of Jews, but also stimulates thinking on these issues for other religious and cultural groups. Chiswick makes a distinction between the “Great Tradition” that defines Judaism and the “Small Traditions” of Jews living in particular cultural contexts.

Keywords:   Economics, Judaism in Transition, Carmel U. Chiswick, Judaism, economic choices, Jewish life, Jewish education, Great Tradition, Small Traditions

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