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By Daniel J. Elazar

This revised and up-to-date variation of group and Polity examines the adjustments occurring in local people federations and within the national federation circulation, the decline of the mass-based firms, the shift within the varieties and association of Jewish schooling, the adjustments occurring within the synagogue routine, and the issues of Jewish harmony generated by means of intermovement festival.

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It is no accident that organized activity—often philanthropic or political—has come to be the most common manifestation of Judaism, replacing prayer, study, and the normal private intercourse of kin as a means of being Jewish. The associational approach is typically American, a reflection of a social order that is based upon chosen affiliation rather than heritage. Because Americans do not like to think of themselves as bound to anything by birth, *This phrase, which is common enough in modern Jewish discourse, is rarely found in Christian discourse.

Com Assimilation and Authenticity 20 constructing God’s polity, the proverbial “city upon a hill,” through which the covenantal community takes on meaning and fulfills its purpose in the Divine scheme of things. ”* The American Jewish community is built upon an associational base to a far greater extent than any other in Jewish history. In other words, not only is there no external or internal compulsion to affiliate with organized Jewry but also there is no automatic way to become a member of the Jewish community.

Freedom sees religion as the companion of its struggles and triumphs, the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its rights. 8 Thus American aspirations for social justice have been religiously motivated to a substantial degree, although at times somewhat indirectly. The positive role of religion in American social progress must be appreciated in order to understand American civilization. Religious motivations have been incorporated into the American way of life, even if disavowed from time to time by certain American intellectuals.

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