And I Will Dwell in Their Midst: Orthodox Jews in Suburbia by Etan Diamond

By Etan Diamond

Suburbia won't look like a lot of a spot to pioneer, yet for younger, religiously devoted Jewish households, it is open territory." This sentiment--expressed within the early Seventies via an Orthodox Jew in suburban Toronto--captures the essence of the suburban Orthodox Jewish adventure of the past due 20th century. even if not often linked to postwar suburbia, Orthodox Jews in metropolitan components around the usa and Canada have effectively mixed suburban existence and the tradition of consumerism with a powerful experience of spiritual traditionalism and group unity. by way of their very life in suburbia, argues Etan Diamond, Orthodox Jewish groups problem dominant assumptions approximately society and non secular tradition within the 20th century.

Using the historical past of Orthodox Jewish suburbanization in Toronto, Diamond explores the several elements of the North American suburban Orthodox Jewish group: sacred areas, synagogues, faculties, kosher houses, and social networks. In a bigger experience, even though, his e-book tells a narrative of ways traditionalist non secular groups have thrived within the such a lot secular of environments. In so doing, it pushes our present realizing of towns and suburbs and their non secular groups in new directions.

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