Who Rules the Synagogue?: Religious Authority and the Formation of American Judaism

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Finalist for the American Jewish Studies cateogry of the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards Early in the 1800s, American Jews consciously excluded rabbinic forces from playing a role in their community's development. By the final decades of the century, ordained rabbis were in full control of America's leading synagogues and large sectors of American Jewish life. How did this shift occur? Who Rules the Synagogue? explores how American Jewry in the nineteenth century was transformed from a lay dominated community to one ...

Who Rules the Synagogue?: Religious Authority and the Formation of American Judaism 2016, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780190490270

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