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Jews at HomeThe Domestication of Identity$
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Simon J. Bronner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113461

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113461.001.0001

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There’s No Place Like Home: America, Israel, and the (Mixed) Blessings of Assimilation

There’s No Place Like Home: America, Israel, and the (Mixed) Blessings of Assimilation

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(p.316) Fourteen There’s No Place Like Home: America, Israel, and the (Mixed) Blessings of Assimilation
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Jews at Home
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Michael P. Kramer

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113461.003.0015

This chapter questions whether patterns can be drawn from the American experience or whether it can be set in contrast to that of Israel. It focuses in particular on the remarks regarding Israel in Chapter 10. Here, the differences between Jewish American culture and contemporary Israeli culture are highlighted. The chapter argues that it is not ‘variegatedness’ that distinguishes the two. It goes on to discuss the development of Jewish culture in America and its parallel development in Israel, arguing that American innovations are hardly any more startling than Israeli ones over the last century. Zionism is turned to as an example of a startling, revolutionary break as the chapter explores further and further into Jewish history to reveal that contemporary American Jewishness is not, perhaps, as startling as it is made out to be.

Keywords:   Israel, America, Jewish American culture, Israeli culture, Jewish history, Zionism, American Jewishness, United States

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