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The Amish

A 12 page overview of the Amish, their culture and the factors which are changing that culture. Gives a brief historical account of the Amish and provides considerable information regarding the effects of their increased interaction with non-Amish and the factors which have caused that increase. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Amish View of Life

A 5 page essay in which the writer argues from the stance of how an Amish or Mennonite teacher might approach teaching Macbeth to Amish students. The writer uses this as a springboard to a discussion about Amish life in general and its advantages over life in mainstream culture. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

The Amish and the Orthodox Jews: The American Experience

An 11 page discussion of the social, economic, and cultural histories of these peoples in the U.S. To prosper in America one must Americanize to one extent or another. The Amish and the most devout of Orthodox Jews have chosen to resist this Americanization. Others, however, have not. This has led to profound impacts in these peoples’ personal and professional lives.

The Amish: Comparison To Conventional Society

6 pages in length. Simplicity is the affirmation of the Amish, a community of people whose religious beliefs mandate them to forego ownership of modern amenities including electricity, automobiles and telephones. Their choice to eschew the conveniences of contemporary technological advancement speaks to the obvious importance of fulfilling basic needs with the standards of natural application. The uncomplicated lifestyle the Amish lead is often subject to ridicule and contempt from outsiders who contend that the Amish have purposefully separated themselves from the rest of society as a means by which to build a community of their own jurisdiction; however, the extent to which the Amish live and work as members of an unadorned population thriving amidst a larger society of constant problems clearly endorses the benefits of a simple existence. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Marriage Customs/Samoan & Amish

A 5 page research paper that investigates the courting and marriage patterns of Samoa and the Amish. The Samoan culture, located in the South Pacific, and the Amish, located in the Northeastern United States are naturally quite different. However, as both these societies are patriarchal cultures, the writer argues that they also have features in common and that this is particularly evident in their marriage practices and customs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Wisconsin v. Yoder (Legal Brief)

This 4 page paper briefs this case that concerns religious freedom for the Amish. The case involves several Amish families that do not want their children going to high school. Wisconsin education law is discussed.

Amish Adolescents

An American Subculture This 6 page paper considers the factors that make Amish teens a distinct subculture. Rumspringa and other aspects of Amish culture are discussed. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

The Amish: Their Traditions and Folklore:

This 9 page paper discusses the Amish culture from their beginings to their lifestyle. This paper examines a wide range of Amish traditions such as courtship and marraige, education, work, etc. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Jewish Tenacity

A 7 page paper discussing the longevity of the Jews as a distinct group of people. If anything about the number or consequence of the Jews should have changed in the more than 100 years since Mark Twain mused about their great longevity, it is that the Jew "should" be much more diminished in stature and prosperity than even in the closing years of the 19th century. Of course we know such not to be the case, despite facts of 20th century history. The paper discusses the Jews' adherence to ancient rules and faithful observance of tradition as contributing to Jews' continued tenacity. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Views of Jesus and the Jews Toward the Other

A 20 page paper comparing ideologies of Judaism and Christianity, with emphasis on the Jews' view of Jesus and Jesus' views of the Jews. Jews and Gentiles have been bickering for centuries over which side is 'right,' often without understanding that we will all eventually learn the answer, but in the meantime we need to work together. This world has always offered any number of ways to find or create friction. The concept is one God, and in that we differ very little. Much of the world believes that God has drastically altered his economy of salvation and that He has done it through His Son Jesus Christ. Nothing, however, has changed the fact that the Jews are God's chosen. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Modern Judaism

A 10 page paper discussing the characteristics and origins of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism as it exists in today’s world. What constitutes Judaism can be confusing for non-Jews. While we Gentiles and others consider a Jew to be a member of one of the world’s leading religions, we often forget that Jewishness also involves an ethnic identification for most of the world’s Jews. Both the culture and religion have undergone changes in the past several decades, indeed in the past century. The result is that the Jews have been able to retain their ancient traditions while still being successful in the modern world. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Jewish Resistance Movements in the Holocaust

This 30 page paper considers the nature of the Jewish resistance movements during the Holocaust, and reflects on the significant issues raised during this era and the attempts to quell the German objectification and murder of millions of Jews in Germany and Poland. This paper assesses the success of resistance movements, including those that occurred in concentration camps and those in the ghettos, and suggests that these movements brought the struggle of the Jews to an international light. Bibliography lists 25 sources.

The Bermuda Conference

5 pages in length. The Bermuda Conference, which took place in April of 1943, was assembled between Great Britain and the United States as a means by which to address the plight of wayward Jews who had become refugees from Nazi-occupied countries. The writer discusses that as positive and forthright as the Bermuda Conference may have been, it did not succeed in bringing the Jews any peace or salvation. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Andre Trocme and the Heroic People of Le Chambon

A 5 page paper on this brave French Protestant pastor who led his entire village in opposing the Nazi-led Vichy government of France, and in the process saved thousand of Jews from death; this story is detailed in Philip Hallie's 'Lest Innocent Blood be Shed.' The paper debates whether Trocme's actions were humanitarian or religious, and concludes that they were religious because he saw Christ in the victimization of the innocent Jews. Bibliography lists two sources.

Polish Anger & The Holocaust

A 5 page paper on the writings of Polish Holocaust survivor Tadeusz Borowski in his book 'This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen.' The paper concludes that Borowski's refusal to separate the prisoners and captors into victims and villains has to do with his own sense of shame as a non-Jew as well as his sense of Jews as 'outsiders'. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Pressures Applied To German Jews

4 pages in length. The pressures applied to German Jews were many and varied; the extent to which they were forced to suffer demands put upon by such entities as Nuremberg, the Evian Conference, Kristallnacht and the SS St. Louis are both grand and far-reaching; that options were also open to them by virtue of going into hiding, Danish Jews and Sobibor speak to some of the opportunities available to them. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The Jewish Response to Nazism in the Weimar, Nazi Germany and Nazi-Occupied Europe

This is a 12 page paper discussing the Jewish response to Nazism from the 1920s to early 1940s in Germany and Europe. From the time after the First World War and the German defeat until the end of the Second World War and the defeat of the Nazis, the Jewish response to Nazism changed in intensity in accordance with the increasing persecution of the Jews by the Nazis and in perspective through political and economic means and eventually through armed and spiritual resistance. Politically, the Jews were well represented within the Weimar Republic which was the established form of governance after World War I. The Nazi Party used the poor Germany economy and the Jewish membership in the Weimar in their opposition and push against the Republic. Throughout the 1920s, the Nazi opposition against the Weimar and the Nazi open declaration to remove the Jews from Germany led many Jews to leave Germany for other parts of Europe, Britain and North America. When the Weimar ended in 1933 and Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party had gained the political power in Germany, the Jewish business community on a national and an international basis devised an economic boycott of Germany with the hopes of ending the Hitler regime. This however only resulted in the Nazi’s further restrictions against the Jews and their transfer from their homes into Jewish ghettos throughout Germany and in Nazi-occupied Europe. Even within these ghettos, Jews responded with increasing armed and spiritual resistance which further intensified with the Nazi transfer of the Jews into the concentration and extermination camps as part of the process of Hitler’s “final solution”. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Traditions of Judaism / How Chasidim Differ

8 pages in length. An analytical examination of 'tradition' as it relates to modern Jewish people. Based upon experience and library research, the writer argues that many contemporary Jews have lost sight of tradition and attempt to offer some historic explanation as to why. The differences between Chasidic, Conservative, and Reformed Jews are discussed in great detail to illustrate points made. An informative history and overview of the Chasidic people is provided. Bibliography lists 10 supporting sources.

Jews During the Ottoman Empire

A 10 page paper tracing the history of the Jews and their persecution during the Ottoman Empire. Discusses the history of the Jews leading up to the Ottoman Empire to establish a background for understanding the persecution during the empire's 600 year existence. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

FACTORS AND THE NAZI “FINAL SOLUTION”

This paper examines the reasons why the Nazi party, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler during the 1930s and 1940s, saw fit to exterminate Jews from Germany and other provinces, a plan called "The Final Solution." While the paper does examines concentration camps and murder by the S.S., it more closely details the reasons why the Nazis hated the Jews so much, and why they felt that Germany was better off without them. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Jesus As Messiah, Prophet And Son Of Man

This 5 page paper responds to four specific questions: How is Jesus a prophet, the Messiah and the Son of Man, what do those titles mean? How did Jesus perceive His role ?What did the Messiah mean to Jews and How did Jesus fulfill these roles? Why did Jesus take a different path than that expected by the Jews for their Messiah? Bibliography lists 7 sources.

The Decline of the Jewish Family as Depicted in Jewish Literature

A five page discussion of the insights into Jewish families that can be found in Michael Gold's "Jews Without Money" and Tony Kushner's "Angels in America". Both authors are Jewish but both present Jews in a slightly different light than might be expected. Both depict a move away from traditional Jewish morals and mores. No additional sources are listed.

Jewish Identity & Assimilation

A 5 page research paper that examines how the issue of assimilation has played a role in Jewish history between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The writer argues that examination of the issue of assimilation demonstrates that becoming a viable part of a host culture without loosing their identity as Jews as only been a fairly recent possibility for Jews as a people. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Andre Schwarz-Bart's "The Last Of The Just"

6 pages in length. Andre Schwarz-Bart's "The Last of the Just: A Novel" eloquently and sensitively spells out the historical struggles Jews have faced throughout the centuries. Presented as neither a cult of martyrdom nor a collection of religious saints, Schwarz-Bart portrays the Jews and their myriad social, political and economic challenges as a reflection upon what it means to be the "chosen ones." Bibliography lists 2 sources.

The Amish Culture

9 pages in length. Humanity's initial - if not involuntary - reaction to an unfamiliar concept is typically couched with disdain toward whoever it is trying to maintain an existence outside the norm. The extent to which Amish culture represents the antithesis of everything inherent to contemporary mankind is both grand and far-reaching; that this particular population of Americans lives and thrives as though they were still in the 1800s speaks to the tremendous diversity that exists between the Amish and all other cultures throughout the country. This conscious decision to live off the land and eschew modern conveniences is not merely a façade in order to garner attention, but instead is a statement of how a community is more genuine, productive and tight-knit if its approach to life is very fundamental in thought and in action. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

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