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The Blessings of Exile: Why Minority Status is Good for the Jews--and Everyone Else

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Further Reading

Alan Wolfe, The Transformation of American Religion: How We Actually Live our Faith (New York: Free Press, 2003).


Alan Wolfe, “Israel’s Moral Peril,” Chronicle of Higher Education, March 25, 2012.


Alan Wolfe, “Free Speech, Israel, and Jewish Illiberalism,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 17, 2006.


"A Portrait of Jewish Americans: Findings from a Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews," Pew Research Center (October 1, 2013).


Laurie Goodstein, "Poll Shows Major Shift in Identity of U.S. Jews," New York Times, October 1, 2013.


Peter Beinart, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment,” The New York Review of Books (May 2010).


David Biale, Michael Galchinsky, and Susannah Heschel, eds., Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1998).


Jordan Chandler Hirsch, “Diaspora Divided,” review of Peter Beinart’s The Crisis of Zionism, Jewish Review of Books (Spring 2012).


Alan Dershowitz, The Vanishing American Jew: In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century (Boston: Little Brown, 1997).


Isaac Deutscher, The Non-Jewish Jews, and Other Essays (New York: Oxford University Press, 1968).


Marc Gellman, “Joe Lieberman as Rorschach Test,” First Things (December 2000).


Dana Evan Kaplan, Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009).


Irving Kristol, “Why Religion is Good for the Jews,” Commentary (August 1994).


Shaul Magid, American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society, 2nd ed. (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013).


Allan Arkush, “All-American, Post-Everything,” review of Shaul Magid’s American Post-Judaism, Jewish Review of Books (Fall 2013).


Yehuda Mirsky, “Do Israeli and American Jews Need Each Other?” review of Shmuel Rosner’s Shtetl, Bagel, Baseball,


Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz, The Jew in the Modern World, 3rd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).


Jacob Neusner, Stranger at Home: “The Holocaust,” Zionism, and American Judaism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981).


Leo Strauss, Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity: Essays and Lectures in Modern Jewish Thought, edited by Kenneth Hart Green (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1997).


David Vital, A People Apart: The Jews in Europe, 1789–1939 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).


Jack Wertheimer, “Whatever Happened to the Jewish People,” Commentary (June 2006).


Ruth Wisse, Jews and Power (New York: Schocken, 2007).