By Todd Endelman
Between the French Revolution and international battle II, thousands of Jews left the Jewish fold—by turning into Christians or, in liberal states, by means of intermarrying. Telling the tales of either recognized and imprecise contributors, Leaving the Jewish Fold explores the character of this go with the flow and defection from Judaism in Europe and the United States from the eighteenth century to this present day. Arguing that non secular conviction was once infrequently a reason for Jews who grew to become Christians, Todd Endelman exhibits that those that severed their Jewish ties have been pushed peculiarly via pragmatic concerns—especially the need to flee the stigma of Jewishness and its social, occupational, and emotional burdens.
Through an in depth and colourful narrative, Endelman considers the social settings, nationwide contexts, and historic conditions that inspired Jews to desert Judaism, and elements that labored to the other impact. Demonstrating that anti-Jewish prejudice weighed extra seriously at the Jews of Germany and Austria than these dwelling in France and different liberal states as early because the first half the 19th century, he reexamines how Germany's political and social improvement deviated from different ecu states. Endelman additionally finds that liberal societies equivalent to nice Britain and the USA, which tolerated Jewish integration, promoted radical assimilation and the dissolution of Jewish ties as frequently as adverse, intolerant societies corresponding to Germany and Poland.
Bringing jointly broad examine throughout numerous languages, Leaving the Jewish Fold could be the crucial paintings on conversion and assimilation in glossy Jewish historical past for years to come.
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Leaving the Jewish Fold: Conversion and Radical Assimilation in Modern Jewish History by Todd Endelman