No. 43: Nostalgic Religion, Religious Nostalgia

Yehuda Kurtzer and Rachel B. Gross discuss American Jewish nostalgia, and its place in American Jewish religion.

Rachel B. Gross (San Francisco State University) joins Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss her new book, Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, and its central argument: that foodways, children’s literature, and Jewish nostalgia represent a defining feature of American Jewish religion today – and that that’s not a bad thing.

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Launched in early 2020, Identity/Crisis is a weekly roundtable podcast that explores the ideas behind the news hosted by Shalom Hartman Institute of North America President Yehuda Kurtzer. Episodes cover a wide range of topics and feature experts and content related to news and current events.

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