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Introduction Unity On Dispersion; Centrality On Periphery: How To Preserve Jewishness In A Posmodern World

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Jewish identities today are facing a wide range of challenges defined by complex and sometimes contradictory processes, and yet very enriching ones. Their historical complexity certainly relies on the new scenarios that globalization poses to individual as well as to collective identities within a social paradigm defined by cultural diversity, pluralism, multiculturalism and contesting identity referents. Vis-á-vis these changes and new trends, Jewish life is defied by unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Still, basic shared ideological, cultural and religious foundations do exist and play an important role in shaping identities, both in structures and in meanings. 'Jewishness' has to be thought of in terms of the subtle and still very intense twofold relationship that allows us to rethink the being Jewish and Judaism in the framework of a global revolution where diversities and pluralities characterize the structure of today's world.

Keywords: globalization; Jewish identities; Jewishness



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