Guided Reading for The Western Traditions.
Find the answer to each of these questions as it is given in the textbook before moving on to the next question.
Some answers, drawn from the textbook alone, will be rather simplistic. They can, and should, be elaborated upon as your knowledge of the subject grows.
It is part of the Guided Reading assignments that student should ASK as well as answer questions.
The symbol (*) after a question indicates that these might be used for longer
essays in your quizzes.
Pages 141 -162:
- What is a ghetto? How did it get this name?
- Who was Moses Mendelssohn?
- What did Mendelssohn argue concerning Jewish identity and German nationalism?
- How do Reform (Liberal) Jews tend to regard various traditions, customs, and ceremonies? (*)
- Did the Jewish community in 1885 expect to return to Israel (Palestine)?
- What was particular about the menu of the banquet of Jewish reformers who met in Cincinnati in 1889?
- What justification for change or even elimination of traditions do the Conservative Jews recognize?
- Of Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative Judaism which is the most strict? Which is the least? (*)
- In what language do Orthodox Jews conduct their services?
- What is the derekh eretz? What does this mean?
- What are the primary differences among the main branches of North American Judaism? (*)
- Of what is the life of Franz Rosenzweig a good example?
- Why does Rosenzweig leave Islam out of his considerations?
- What was Rosenzweig's concept of Israel’s place in history?
- Rosenzweig and Buber were both religious ——————?
- What, according to Buber, is the "I -Thou experience?"
- When and where did Reconstructionism become a separate entity?
- What is "Zion?" What is Zionism?
- Of what was Peretz Smolenskin an advocate?
- What is a Kibbutz and when did this institution originate?
- What is a pogrom?
- Under whose leadership did the Zionist movement coalesce?
- What is sometimes known as the “Dreyfus affair?”
- What is the difference between assimilation and acculturation?
- What happened to the first, Sephardic, wave of Jewish immigrants to the US?
- What happened to Jewish immigration to the US after 1922?
- What was a major factor in the success of Hitler's campaign against the Jews?
- Were only Germans involved in the Holocaust?
- Roughly what proportion of all of the world’s Jews were killed in the Holocaust?
- What is the attitude to Jewish martyrdom advocated by, among others, Emil Fackenheim?
- What proportion of Jewish marriages in contemporary North America are to non-Jews?
- What notion do most North American Jews accept?
- Who are the haredim?
- What concept of Judaism has emerged for most Jews living in Israel (with the exception of the haredim)?
- What kind of acculturation is under way in Israel?
- What is a huppah?