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Author Eisen, Robert, 1960- author.

Title Jews, Judaism, and success : how religion paved the way to modern Jewish achievement / Robert Eisen
Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2023]


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 467 pages)
Contents Western Culture, Jewish Culture, and Four Key Values -- Secular Jews (and Other Jews) -- Human Autonomy I: Sin, Grace, and Salvation -- Human Autonomy II: Religious Authority -- Human Autonomy III: Reason and Philosophy -- Freedom of Thought and Expression -- Valuing Life in this World I: 100-1000 CE -- Valuing Life in this World II: 1000-1800 CE -- Education I: 100-1500 CE -- Education II: 1500-1950 CE
Summary "In Jews, Judaism, and Success, Robert Eisen attempts to solve a long-standing mystery that has fascinated many: How did Jews become such a remarkably successful minority in the modern western world? Eisen argues that Jews achieved such success because they were unusually well-prepared for it by their religion--in particular, Rabbinic Judaism, or the Judaism of the rabbis. Rooted in the Talmud, this form of Judaism instilled in Jews key values that paved the way for success in modern western society: autonomy, freedom of thought, worldliness, and education. The book carefully analyses the evolution of these four values over the past two thousand years in order to demonstrate that they had a longer and richer history in Jewish culture than in western culture. The book thus disputes the common assumption that Rabbinic Judaism was always an obstacle to Jews becoming modern. It demonstrates that while modern Jews rejected aspects of Rabbinic Judaism, they also retained some of its values, and these values in particular led to Jewish success. Written for a broad range of readers, Jews, Judaism, and Success provides unique insights on the meaning of success and how it is achieved in the modern world."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 19, 2023)
Talmud fast
Subject Jewish ethics.
Values -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Success -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Jews -- Civilization.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Jewish Studies
Jewish ethics
Jews -- Civilization
Success -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Values -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781487548254