A major dimension of modern Jewish life has been the revival of conscious political activity on the part of the Jewish people, whether through reestablishment of the State of Israel, new forms of diaspora community organization, or the common Jewish fight against anti-Semitism. Precisely because contemporary Jewry has moved increasingly toward self-definition in political terms, a significant part of the search for roots and meaning must take place within the political realm.
Preface to the Second Edition, Preface to the First Edition, Introduction: The Jewish Political Tradition, Daniel J. Elazar, Part I: Foundations, Introduction: The Edah as a Classic Republic, 1. Covenant as the Basis of the Jewish Political Tradition Daniel J. Elazjar, 2. The Concept of the Three Ketarim: Their Place in Jewish Political Thought and Implications for Studying Jewish Constitutional History Stuart A. Cohen, 3. The Rabbinic Understanding of the Covenant Gordon M. Freeman, Part II: Theoretical Development, Introduction: The Constitutional Dimension of Jewish History , 4. Prolegomena to Jewish Political Theory Bernard Susser and Eliezer Don-Yehiya, 5. The Jewish People as the Classic Diaspora: A Political Analysis Daniel J. Elazar, 6. The Attitude Towards the State in Modem Jewish Thought Before Zionism Eliezer Schweid, Part III: Institutional Dynamics, Introduction: The Epochs Explored, 7. The Transition from Tribal Republic to Monarchy in Ancient Israel and Its Impression on Jewish Political History Moshe Weinfeld, 8. The Kehillah Daniel J. Elazar, 9. Political Conflict and the Use of Power in the World of the Geniza Shlomo Dov Goitein, 10. On Power and Authority: The Halakhic Stance of the Traditional Community and Its Contemporary Implications Menachem Elon, 11. Individual and Community in the Middle Ages: Halakhic Theory Gerald J. Blidstein, 12. Patterns of Political Organization and Leadership in Modem Jewish Communities and Their Contemporary Implications Peter Y. Medding, Part IV: Contemporary Implications Introduction: Judaism and Jewish Communities in the Contemporary World, 13. The Jewish People and the Kingdom of Heaven: A Study of Jewish Theocracy Ella Belfer, 14. The Jewish Political Tradition as a Vehicle for Jewish Auto-Emancipation Dan V. Segre, 15. Towards a General Theory of Jewish Political Interests and Behavior Peter Y. Medding, 16. The Application of Jewish Public Law in the State of Israel Menachem Elon, 17. Moral and Symbolic El
Daniel J. Elazar is president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Senator N.M. Paterson Professor of Intergovernmental Relations at Bar-Ilan University, and professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of Federalism at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is the author of numerous books, including Community and Polity: The Organizational Dynamics of the American Jewish Community, The Jewish Polity: Jewish Political Organization from Biblical Times to the Present, and Covenant and Polity in Biblical Israel, and is the founder and editor of the Jewish Political Studies Review.