Religion or Nation?

Leora Batnitzsky explores how and why has modernity forced Jews to define themselves either as a religion or a nation.
Multi-day Event, closest:
Feb 10, 2022 Virtual Event

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Religion or Nation? Modern Debates about Jewish Identity and their Implications for American Jews

How and why has modernity forced Jews to define themselves either as a religion or a nation? Leora Batnitzky will consider how emancipation in Europe and the subsequent rise of modern antisemitism shaped internal Jewish debates, Jewish conversion controversies in the 19th and 20th centuries, and present day debates about religious freedom and discrimination in America, which require attempts to classify Judaism in terms of either religion or nationality.

  • Thursday, January 27
  • Thursday, February 3
  • Thursday, February 10

This series is part of Ideas for Today, our yearlong offering of curated courses led by leading scholars addressing the compelling contemporary Jewish issues of the day.