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Artistic centres of Jewish existence rose to prominence within the 20th century, one in Israel and the opposite within the usa. even supposing Israeli and American Jews percentage kinship and historical past drawn from their japanese eu roots, they've got constructed divergent cultures from their universal origins, usually seeming extra like far-off cousins than shut family. This ebook explores why this is often so, analyzing how groups that represent 80 percentage of the world's Jewish inhabitants have created separate identities and cultures. utilizing examples from literature, artwork, historical past, and politics, top Israeli and American students concentrate on the political, social, and reminiscence cultures in their groups, contemplating particularly the American-Jewish problem to diaspora recognition and the Israeli fight to forge a mundane, nationwide Jewish identification. while, they search to appreciate how a feeling of mutual accountability and destiny animates American and Israeli Jews who dwell in overseas, converse assorted languages, and dwell inside diverse political and social worlds.

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