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Engaging media has been an ongoing issue for American Jews, as it has been for other religious communities in the United States, for several generations. Jews, God, and Videot...Read more

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Engaging media has been an ongoing issue for American Jews, as it has been for other religious communities in the United States, for several generations. Jews, God, and Videotape is a pioneering examination of the impact of new communications techlogies and media practices on the religious life of American Jewry over the past century. Shandler's examples range from early recordings of cantorial music to Hasidic outreach on the Internet. In between he explores mid-twentieth-century ecumenical radio and television broadcasting, video documentation of life cycle rituals, museum displays and tourist practices as means for engaging the Holocaust as a moral touchstone, and the role of mass-produced material culture in Jews' responses to the American celebration of Christmas. Shandler argues that the impact of these and other media on American Judaism is varied and extensive: they have challenged the role of clergy and transformed the nature of ritual; facilitated invations in religious practice and scholarship, as well as efforts to maintain traditional observance and teachings; created venues for outreach, both to enhance relationships with n-Jewish neighbors and to promote greater religiosity among Jews; even redefined the tion of what might constitute a Jewish religious community or spiritual experience. As Jews, God, and Videotape demonstrates, American Jews' experiences are emblematic of how religious communities' engagements with new media have become central to defining religiosity in the modern age.

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Author(s)Jeffrey Shandler
PublisherNew York University Press
Date of Publication25/04/2009
LanguageEnglish
FormatHardback
ISBN-100814740677
ISBN-139780814740675
SubjectSocial Studies: General

Publication Data
Place of PublicationNew York
Country of PublicationUnited States
ImprintNew York University Press
Content Note25 illustrations

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Weight599 g
Width159 mm
Height229 mm
Spine26 mm

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Table Of ContentsAcknowledgments; Author's Note; Introduction 1. Cantors on Trial; 2. Turning on The Eternal Light; 3. The Scar without the Wound; 4. Observant Jews; 5. A Stranger among Friends; 6. The Virtual Rebbe; New Media/New Jews? An Afterword Notes; About the Author

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