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Broadening Jewish History$
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Todd M. Endelman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113010

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113010.001.0001

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The Legitimization of the Diaspora Experience

The Legitimization of the Diaspora Experience

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(p.49) Chapter Two The Legitimization of the Diaspora Experience
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Broadening Jewish History
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Todd M. Endelman

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113010.003.0003

This chapter details promotion of Jewish integration into the mainstream of social, political, and cultural life as the major item on the agenda of Western Jewish leaders from the French Revolution to the Second World War. It discusses the communal energies of Jews that were devoted to removing legal obstacles to full equality, combating the bureaucratic discrimination that persisted after emancipation, countering defamation in media, and gaining entry to elite social circles and institutions. It also looks at the communal tensions between traditionalists and reformers over the modernization of Jewish worship. The chapter considers the enhancement of the image of Judaism in order to improve the legal and social status of Jews as one of the chief motives of the reformers in Germany. It discusses the western Jewish concern regarding immigration from eastern Europe from the 1880s, which was derived from the fear that the newcomers would fuel antisemitism.

Keywords:   Jewish integration, Western Jewish leaders, equality, emancipation, Judaism, Jewish worship, antisemitism, immigration

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