Download Doubly Chosen: Jewish Identity, the Soviet Intelligentsia, by Judith Deutsch Kornblatt PDF

By Judith Deutsch Kornblatt

    Doubly selected presents the 1st precise learn of a different cultural and non secular phenomenon in post-Stalinist Russia—the conversion of millions of Russian Jewish intellectuals to Orthodox Christianity, first within the Sixties and later within the Eighties. those time sessions correspond to the a long time earlier than and after the nice exodus of Jews from the Soviet Union. Judith Deutsch Kornblatt contends that the alternative of baptism into the Church used to be an act of ethical braveness within the face of Soviet persecution, prompted by means of cohesion with the values espoused by means of Russian Christian dissidents and intellectuals. Oddly, as Kornblatt exhibits, those converts to Russian Orthodoxy started to adventure their Jewishness in a brand new and optimistic way.    Working basically from oral interviews performed in Russia, Israel, and the USA, Kornblatt underscores the stipulations of Soviet lifestyles that spurred those conversions: the digital removal of Judaism as a attainable, largely practiced faith; the transformation of Jews from a spiritual group to an ethnic one; a eager for religious values; the function of the Russian Orthodox Church as an emblem of Russian nationwide tradition; and the forging of a brand new Jewish id in the context of the Soviet dissident flow.

Show description

Read or Download Doubly Chosen: Jewish Identity, the Soviet Intelligentsia, and the Russian Orthodox Church PDF

Similar christian denominations & sects books

God According to God: A Physicist Proves We've Been Wrong About God All Along

Having spent the final hundred years or so attempting to overthrow God and exchange him with the beaker jar, scientists in recent times are actually attempting to resuscitate him. you would imagine they'd have higher activities, what with the issues of melanoma, oil, the surroundings, international warming, and so on. but per week or so it kind of feels one other scientist desires to chime in along with his personal sophomoric suggestion of Philosophy one hundred and one, and luxury us that God continues to be there, we simply did not understand it previously.

The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History

Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith had either millennial and temporal aspirations for the organization he known as the Council of 50, named after the number of males who have been meant to contain it. prepared a few months sooner than Smith’s demise in June 1844, it continued under Brigham younger as a mystery shadow government until 1851.

New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State

In a booklet that highlights the lifestyles and variety of Amish groups in big apple kingdom, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner attracts on twenty-five years of remark, participation, interviews, and archival learn to stress the contribution of the Amish to the state's wealthy cultural history. whereas the Amish settlements in Pennsylvania and Ohio are the world over identified, the Amish inhabitants in ny, the results of inner migration from these extra verified settlements, is extra fragmentary and not more obvious to all yet their nearest non-Amish associates.

Additional resources for Doubly Chosen: Jewish Identity, the Soviet Intelligentsia, and the Russian Orthodox Church

Sample text

Freedom is at the beginning and at the end. . God is truly present and operative only in freedom. 16 Berdyaev emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1922, along with many leading intellectuals, and continued his philosophical work in Berlin, and then Paris. Assisted by the YMCA-Press, and the journal Put9 (The Way) that he edited, and with a renewed connection to the Russian Orthodox Church in exile, Berdyaev can be said to have been one of the most influential writers who introduced the West to modern Russian Orthodox thought.

For on earth there is no such splendor or such beauty, and we are at a loss h o w to describe Separation of National and Religious Identity 35 it. " 3 Even today, anyone who enters an Orthodox church cannot help but be struck by the sensual nature of the space, with its icons, its hundreds of beeswax candles, its incense, and the chanted liturgy in several parts. " W e do not know whether Vladimir sent a mission to a Jewish synagogue—there is no reference in The Primary Chronicle—but we do know that he accepted the Eastern Orthodox Christianity of the Greeks (Byzantines) in 988, and forced the baptism of all previously pagan subjects in his realm.

Another subject works in a Jewish day school in New York, a third in a Jewish institution in Jerusalem, a fourth worked until recently at a press that publishes Judaica. Most of my interviewees, especially in Israel, fear anti-Christian discrimination from the Jews, as well as antisemitism from the Christians among whom they might wish to pray. As one Russian Jewish Christian in New York proclaimed, perhaps with a bit too much protest, / am not scared. That is the reason I am in America. Because I can say this openly.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.84 of 5 – based on 41 votes