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Religion and Jewish Identity in the Soviet Union, 1941–1964
Mordechai Altshuler; Saadya Sternberg, trans.

Brandeis University Press



Contents

Contents
• Preface
• Introduction
• FROM RELIGIOUS LENIENCY TO A CAMPAIGN OF OPPRESSION
• Soviet Religious Policy in the Wake of the Nazi Invasion, 1941–1948
• The Legalization of Congregations and Synagogues
• The Formation of Prayer Groups (Minyanim)
• Jewish Spiritual Needs in the Aftermath of the Holocaust • Stalin’s Final Years, 1949–1953: Persecution and the Threat of Liquidation
• Public Displays of Jewish Identity: Demonstrations in the Synagogue Square
• Khrushchev’s “Thaw,” 1954–1959
• The Public Campaign against Religion
• BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPHERES
• Rabbis and the Congregational Establishment
• Cantors for Hire
• Financing Religious Activities
• Religious Studies and the Moscow Yeshiva, 1957
• Kosher Slaughter (
Shechita) and Matzah Baking
• Holiday Observance in the Private Sphere
• Charity and the Jewish Needy
• Ritual Baths and Circumcision
• Cemeteries, Holocaust Memorials, and Burial Societies
• The Attitude of World Jewry and Israel to Judaism in the USSR •
• Conclusion •Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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