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Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and Policymaking in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Orthodox Responsa

David Ellenson and Daniel Gordis


Since the late 1700s, when the Jewish community ceased to be a semiautonomous political unit in Western Europe and the United States and individual Jews became integrated—culturally, socially, and politically—into broader society, questions surrounding Jewish status and identity have occupied a prominent and contentious place in Jewish legal discourse. This book examines a wide array of legal opinions written by nineteenth- and twentieth-century orthodox rabbis in Europe, the United States, and Israel. It argues that these rabbis' divergent positions—based on the same legal precedents—demonstr ... More

Keywords: Jewish community, Jews, Jewish legal discourse, Jewish identity, rabbis, Europe, United States, Israel, public policy, Jewish society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804778053
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804778053.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Ellenson, author

Daniel Gordis, author