Doubly Chosen: Jewish Identity, the Soviet Intelligentsia, and the Russian Orthodox Church
Doubly Chosen provides the first detailed study of a unique cultural and religious phenomenon in post-Stalinist Russia—the conversion of thousands of Russian Jewish intellectuals to Orthodox Christianity, first in the 1960s and later in the 1980s. These time periods correspond to the decades before and after the great exodus of Jews from the Soviet Union. Judith Deutsch Ko...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published February 24th 2004 by University of Wisconsin Press
(first published January 15th 2004)
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The Soviet dissidents who entered the Russian Orthodox Church between the 1960s and the collapse of the USSR included not only lapsed Christians unsatisfied with the official culture of atheism but many thousands of Jews as well. Judith Deutsch Kornblatt's Doubly Chosen is a study of this phenomenon, based on interviews with these converts still in Russia or having emigrated to the USA or Israel. As Kornblatt makes clear in her introduction, she is herself a devout Jew and deeply unhappy with he...more