Jews in America
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN JUDAISM:
Transformation and Renewal.
By Dana Evan Kaplan.
Columbia Univ. Press. 446 pp. $34.50
There is nothing new under the sun, says the Preacher in the Book of Ecclesiastes. But even the Preacher might have arched an eyebrow at the variety of innovations that crowd under the umbrella name of American Judaism. Freed by modernity from age-old prejudices and restrictions, and mostly emerged now from a generation that focused with near-exclusive intensity on Holocaust remembrance and support for Israel, Jews in America have produced an astonishing array of personal and communal practices. Variants range from Jubus (Jews influenced by...