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Nathan Birnbaum and Jewish ModernityArchitect of Zionism, Yiddishism, and Orthodoxy$
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Jess Olson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778732

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778732.001.0001

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At Home in the Fold

At Home in the Fold

Birnbaum, the Agudath Israel, and Orthodox Jewish Politics

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(p.255) Six At Home in the Fold
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Nathan Birnbaum and Jewish Modernity
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804778732.003.0007

Nathan Birnbaum first traveled to the United States in 1908. He went there again in 1921 with the same purpose: to raise awareness and funds for a larger European political project that most American Jews were not aware of. Unlike his first trip in which Birnbaum had been welcomed as a nationalist hero, a fighter for Jewish political rights, his reception this time was lukewarm. His second arrival came with a publicity campaign announcing the goals of the Agudah and trumpeting the inspirational story of Birnbaum's turn to Orthodoxy. However, the Yiddish and English press claimed that his new religiosity was a betrayal of once-heroic nationalist credentials. This chapter examines Birnbaum's involvement in the Agudath Israel, his relationship with Tuvia Horowitz, and his engagement with Orthodox Jewish politics.

Keywords:   Nathan Birnbaum, United States, Jews, Orthodoxy, Agudath Israel, Tuvia Horowitz, politics, Agudah

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