many faces of
orthodoxy, part 1’ Modern Judaism 2:1 (February 1982), 26–27.
4 In context (Orlah 3:9) the Mishnah is referring to when new grain may be
5 D.Ellenson, Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer (Tuscaloosa 1990), 19. The view
of the dangerous nature of modernity was exacerbated by the speed with
which it arrived in the Jewish world, an aspect which Meyer has noted:
M.A. Meyer, ‘Modernity as a crisis for the Jews’ Modern Judaism 9:2 (May
6 J. Katz, ‘Religion as a uniting and dividing force’ in Katz (ed) The role of
religion in modernJewishhistory
others were amongst the smallest. But what is inevitably downplayed in Weissbach’s work, given the number of case studies, is the importance of specific places and their impact on the formation of majority and minority identities. In this respect, an alternative model is provided within British Jewish historiography through the work of Bill Williams.
Williams’s The Making of Manchester Jewry 1740–1875 (1975) was a pathbreaking study in both urban history and modernJewishhistory. A classic example of the new social history emerging from