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Book Launch & Shiur with Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff

Sunday, June 14, 2020 22 Sivan 5780

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us for an online book launch for Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff's new book, Authentically Orthodox: A Tradition-Bound Faith in American Life. Books are available for purchase at a special price of $30 per book (includes shipping & handling) - over 60% off the retail price! Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff will be joined by Rabbanit Sara Wolkenfeld for a discussion of women's Talmud education.

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  Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff is Chief Academic Officer of Hebrew Theological College in
  Skokie and Associate Professor of Jewish History at Touro College. He also serves
  as Research Director of Mission Measurement's Jewish Impact Genome.

  He is the author or editor of nine books and more than forty scholarly articles in the
  field of American Jewish history. His Who Rules the Synagogue (Oxford) and
  Modern Orthodox Judaism (JPS) were both finalists for the National Jewish Book


About "Authentically Orthodox: A Tradition-Bound Faith in American Life":

With a fresh perspective, Authentically Orthodox: A Tradition-Bound Faith in American Life challenges the current historical paradigm in the study of Orthodox Judaism and other tradition-bound faith communities in the United States.Paying attention to "lived religion," the book moves beyond sermons and synagogues and examines the webs of experiences mediated by any number of American cultural forces. With exceptional writing, Zev Eleff lucidly explores Orthodox Judaism’s engagement with Jewish law, youth culture and gender, and how this religious group has been affected by its indigenous environs. To do this, the book makes ample use of archives and other previously unpublished primary sources.

Eleff explores the curious history of Passover peanut oil and the folkways and foodways that battled in this culinary arena to both justify and rebuff the validity of this healthier substitute for other fatty ingredients. He looks at the Yeshiva University quiz team’s fifteen minutes of fame on the nationally televised College Bowl program and the unprecedented pride of young people and youth culture in the burgeoning Modern Orthodox movement. Another chapter focuses on the advent of women’s prayer groups as an alternative to other synagogue experiences in Orthodox life and the vociferous opposition it received on the grounds that it was motivated by "heretical" religious and social movements. Whereas past monographs and articles argue that these communities have moved right toward a conservative brand of faith, Eleff posits that Orthodox Judaism—like other like-minded religious enclaves—ought to be studied in their American religious contexts.

The microhistories examined in Authentically Orthodox are some of the most exciting and understudied moments in American Jewish life and will hold the interest of scholars and students of American Jewish history and religion.

Published by Wayne State University Press.


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