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Jewish American Exile

Jesse Bogner | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

How can we ensure the survival of the American Jewish identity? And further, is it important? In my humble opinion, the survival of the Jewish people around the world is nothing short of a miracle.

Rebuilding The House of Mirth: A Blog for Edith Wharton's Birthday

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.26.2015 | Home
Lev Raphael

I understood that the authors were products of their society and a western culture that was ingrained with Jew-hatred, but it still pushed me out of the book the way a plot implausibility can make you lose faith in a movie.

Pew: Jews of No Religion

Rabbi Berel Lerman | Posted 12.28.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Berel Lerman

Many Jewish leaders today are not necessarily aware of this deeper dimension of Judaism. If exponents of Judaism are unaware of the spiritual underpinnings of the ritual and tradition, how can we expect a generation like the Millennials to be spirituality inspired by religion?

Notable American Jews Who Have Affected Your Life

Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion

A recent Pew Survey investigated the current state of Jewish life in America with some surprising findings . However, what is clear is that American ...

The Irony Of Jewish American Heritage Month

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

While I agree in good measure with President Obama's statement and feel that our community is honored to have a heritage month of its own, I fear that such a month may reduce the religion-state separation that enabled the Jewish community to thrive in the first place.

Losing Touch With One’s Followers

Simon Greer | Posted 06.05.2012 | Religion
Simon Greer

What happens when leaders lose touch with their followers? The Catholic community has been struggling with this challenge for years. The Jewish community may be following in its footsteps.

Keeping Score On Jewish Assimilation

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Kevin Bermeister

I overheard a florist comment that he'd sold more Christmas trees this year to Jewish families than non-Jewish families, and it got me thinking that the state of play for Team-Jewish is at a critical point of the game.

The Jewish American Gut-Check

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

A fascinating thing has transpired in the 63-year-old relationship between the Israeli Jewish population and their brethren in America. The latter have just realized their days are numbered.

High Holidays and the Gifts One Generation Gives The Next

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

I tell you these stories... because, I believe that I am the recipient of a recurrent miracle: someone two, three, four generations ago, cradled something precious and they lobbed it across the generations to me and I caught it.

What If Jews Knew That Americans Love Them?

Rabbi Justus N. Baird | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Justus N. Baird

American culture had definitively shifted away from the old stereotypes. Jews are no longer the Other. We are not strangers in a strange land.

A Jew At Christmas

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

It was a point of pride for my parents and teachers that we clung faithfully to traditions such as Hanukkah in the face of so much Christmas -- and a source of pride in America that we could do so, for the most part, unmolested.

The Forward 50: Right Wingers, Chelsea Clinton Included On Top Jews List

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service (RNS) Russian and right-wing Jews make a splash in this year's list of influential people compiled by The F...