A look at America’s historically unique contribution to world Jewish history—in a word, relief from having to choose between Jewish attachments and an allegiance to others. In the United States, it seems possible to be both Jewish and American. We will examine the charter US mandates, as well as conversations in American-Jewish circles, to see the evolution of America’s unique stage of Jewish history. We will also consider a parallel development in US history that questioned Jews’ US allegiance, suggesting that the “old” and the “new” worlds might not be so different after all.
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