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Jewish Day Schools, Jewish CommunitiesA Reconsideration$
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Alex Pomson and Howard Deitcher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113744

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113744.001.0001

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Relationships between Schools and Parents in Haredi Popular Literature in the United States

Relationships between Schools and Parents in Haredi Popular Literature in the United States

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(p.237) Thirteen Relationships between Schools and Parents in Haredi Popular Literature in the United States
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Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Communities
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Yoel Finkelman

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113744.003.0013

This chapter examines how the new family–community model is reflected in popular Haredi educational discourse in the United States. In recent decades, an extensive English-language Haredi popular literature has developed. This literature has been bitterly attacked by several modern Orthodox intellectuals, but it has not been adequately mined as a resource for understanding the ways in which Haredi Jewry negotiates its complex relationship with general culture and tries to mould the character, values, and social alliances of its members. The chapter examines this literature's portrayal of the relationships between schools and families, arguing that it presents conformity between schools and homes as an ideal, and that it calls upon parents to heed the rabbis and educators who can teach them how to build homes that live up to Haredi standards. Yet, in addition to describing this hegemonic ideal, the popular literature also reveals places where actual practice does not live up to that ideal, and raises resistant voices that question aspects of the ideal itself.

Keywords:   United States, family–community model, Haredi popular literature, Haredi Jewry, Haredi literature, general culture, Haredi standards, Haredi ideals

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