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By Rachel Kranson

ISBN-10: 1469635429

ISBN-13: 9781469635422

ISBN-10: 1469635437

ISBN-13: 9781469635439

This new cultural background of Jewish lifestyles and identification within the usa after international battle II makes a speciality of the method of upward mobility. Rachel Kranson demanding situations the typical thought that almost all American Jews unambivalently celebrated their mostly robust progress in financial prestige and social recognition throughout the booming postwar period. in reality, an important variety of Jewish spiritual, inventive, and highbrow leaders nervous in regards to the ascent of enormous numbers of Jews into the yankee center type.

Kranson finds that many Jews have been deeply involved that their lives—affected by means of swiftly altering political pressures, gender roles, and spiritual practices—were changing into dangerously disconnected from real Jewish values. She uncovers how Jewish leaders introduced jeremiads that warned prosperous Jews of hypocrisy and linked "good" Jews with poverty, even every now and then romanticizing lifestyles in America's immigrant slums and Europe's impoverished shtetls. Jewish leaders, whereas no longer attempting to prevent monetary improvement, therefore cemented an ongoing identity with the Jewish historical past of poverty and marginality as a vital point in an American Jewish ethos.

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