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Judaism And Global Religious Trends: Some Contemporary Developments

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This chapter describes several salient trends pertaining to the Jewish religion today. It focuses on the largest Jewish communities in the world - that of the United States and Israel. The chapter also focuses on those trends which seem to reflect or echo global trends as regards religious adherence or participation, religious belonging and the relationship that religion has to other social spheres and to social life in general. It shows that the Jewish religion partakes of three different trends that characterize religion today, globally. These tendencies are not total, nor do they exhaust the religious picture today, but they are salient enough that they have attracted significant scholarly attention. The most salient development in Jewish religious attachment is the centrality of personal experience, meaning and realization. A very different trend that categorizes contemporary Judaism is "belonging without believing"..

Keywords: Israel; Jewish religion; Judaism



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