American Judaism - 1968 printing Author:Nathan Glazer American Jews have added a new chapter to the history of their religion. Nathan Glazer here presents a concise, informative, and continuously interesting analysis of this new episode in the history of an ancient people. — He begins his account with a clarification of the term "Jew" - a word which refers ambiguously both to a member of the Jewish ... more »people and to an adherent of the religion of Judaism - and discusses the essentially social and psychological problems of Jewish group identity. He looks at the successive waves og Jewish immigration to this country - the Spanish, Portuguese, and early German groups bringing traditional orthodoxy, later German groups bringing "Reform", and still later Eastern European groups bringing a different and more rigid form of orthdoxy 0 each group adapting to and being affected by their new American environment.
Much of the book concerns itself with the contemporary scene - the Jewish religious revival in America, the reasons for it, and the extent to which it expresses religious and spiritual impulses as well as social needs.« less