The Future of the American Jew

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CONTENTS
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PREFACExv
PART I THE RESURRECTION OF A PEOPLE
CHAPTER ONE "CAN THESE BONES LIVE?"3
1. The inner crisis (p. 3)
2. The courage to face facts (p. 8)
3. The modern challenge to Jewish life (p. 16)
4. The first attempts at meeting the challenge (p. 22)
5. Faith in latent potentialities (p. 26)
6. The wisdom to build for the future (p. 30).
CHAPTER TWO RECONSTRUCTION -- A PROGRAM34
1. The need of reconstruction (p. 34)
2. Eretz Yisrael (p. 37)
3. Jewish community organization in the Diaspora (p. 38)
4. Jewish education (p. 40)
5. Jewish. religion (p. 44)
6. Cultural creativity (p. 50)
7. Ethics (p. 53).
CHAPTER THREE THE STATUS OF THE JEWS58
1. The status of Jewry an enigma (p. 58)
2. The meaning of Jewish peoplehood (p. 63)
3. The three levels of Jewish peoplehood (p. 66)
4. The struggle for the freedom to be Jews (p. 72)
5. The case against anti-Semitism (p. 76)
6. Freedom that is genuine (p. 79).
CHAPTER FOUR THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BEING A PEOPLE82
1. The sense of peoplehood (p. 82)
2. Peoplehood as a living process (p. 87)
3. A people viewed ethically (p. 89).
CHAPTER FIVE LIVING IN TWO CIVILIZATIONS94
1. Why the Jew cannot do without Judaism (p. 94)
2. The Jew's task to live in two civilizations (p. 96)
3. Living in two civilizations calls for a redefinition of religion (p. 99).

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