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«The Jewish Press» – A Gevalt from the Torah True

An Examination of the Concepts Holocaust and Israel in the American Jewish Newspaper «The Jewish Press»

Sahra L. Lindeberg

The Jewish Press’ purpose is to promote Jewish Orthodoxy. The book explores this popular American Jewish newspaper and more precisely the development of the paper’s ideology over a period of forty years offering a new understanding of the phenomenon Orthodoxy. Orthodoxy must be understood as a dynamic concept continually changing as a result of historical developments and hegemonic struggles with other ideologies about telling the Jew in modern society how he is to understand himself and the surrounding world.
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Israel in The Jewish Press

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Israel is a very important and much discussed issue in the modern Jewish world, also outside Israel. Among American Jews, Israel plays, especially after the 1967 War, a very central role, and there is broad agreement that the support of Israel is one of the main tenets in American Jewish civil religion. Over a long period, Israel has been the primary motivator for a large part of the Jewish organizations and also for their ability to raise financial support. According to Woocher, Israel has simply become a “signal of transcendence” for the American Jews. (Woocher 1986: 76ff). Even though nobody therefore doubts the emotional and political engagement of American Jews in Israel,139 it has, however, been suggested that Israel does not fill any part of importance in the ideology of the American Jews.140 How it is with the ideology of the American Jews in general, I will not touch upon here, but in the case of JP it should appear from the analysis below that Israel especially after 1967 must be said to be one of the main ingredients in their ideology. This does not mean that the paper ever has made it their purpose to make American Jews make aliyah. We will almost never see calls for this, and there is not even anything to suggest that JP does not find that one can live as fulfilling a Jewish life in the USA as in Israel. What is important is not whether you live in Israel,...

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