Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Inventing the IsraeliteJewish Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Maurice Samuels

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763844

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763844.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM STANFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Stanford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in SSO for personal use.date: 19 September 2019

A Conservative Renegade: Ben Baruch and Neo-Orthodoxy

A Conservative Renegade: Ben Baruch and Neo-Orthodoxy

Chapter:
(p.112) Three A Conservative Renegade: Ben Baruch and Neo-Orthodoxy
Source:
Inventing the Israelite
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804763844.003.0004

A crisis of modernity that erupted in France under the July Monarchy gave rise to a Reform movement which sought to free Jews from religious laws and strictures that were deemed incompatible with modern life. Reformers tried to make the practice of Judaism easier and more pleasant in an effort to encourage religious affiliation and communal participation among French Jews. In the mid-1840s, French “conservatives,” inspired by the German neo-Orthodoxy movement started in the 1830s by Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808–1888), claimed that the Reform movement failed to achieve its goals and proposed a different approach to address religious indifference: maintain the forms of traditional Jewish practice and subtly modernize their content. The neo-Orthodox movement relied on fictional narrative to pursue their objective. This chapter focuses on the career of Ben Baruch (1791–1872), who, using the pseudonym Alexandre Créhange, engaged in a wide range of literary activities in support of Jewish Orthodoxy in modern France. His fiction represented a new kind of modern Jew and offered a new set of solutions to the dilemmas of modernity.

Keywords:   France, modernity, Reform movement, neo-Orthodoxy, Ben Baruch, French Jews, Judaism, fictional narrative, Jewish Orthodoxy, conservatives

Stanford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.