Veneration and Critique: Israel, the Sociology of American Judaism and the Problematics of Sovereignty
2016. In Jewish Studies Quarterly 23, 194–221.
Both the erosion of state sovereignty and the conceptual reassessments that have emerged in response to this erosion provide the context for this consideration of American Jewish religious engagement with the State of Israel. Theorizations of sovereignty can be helpful for thinking about the relationship between American Judaism and the State of Israel, but it is a mistake to imagine that the concept of sovereignty is relevant to the Israeli experience alone. The American Jewish experience with sovereignty in the United States bears on the matter as well. Ultimately, the religious encounter between American Jews and Israel is not between one disempowered and one empowered group of Jews, but between two differently empowered groups of Jews.