In this provocative, enlightening study of American Jewish culture Jenna Weissman Joselit describes the forging of the rich and exuberant modern Jewish identity. Drowning on advertisements, etiquette manuals, sermons and surveys, she gives us a lively and humorous account of how three generations of American Jews created their distinctive American culture - how they raised their children, decorated their homes, shopped and cooked, celebrated holidays, and marked birth, marriage, and death. This pioneering historical analysis makes clear that it is not the theoretical debates of rabbis and scholars but the small choices of daily life that shape and sustain the culture.
by Jenna Weissman Joselit
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