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Jewish Assimilation

Hanukkah Light: Looking Out and In During the Holiday Season

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Nature has parked itself on small sections of our city's corner. Soon, the trees will be gone, my son observes, sold to homes where they will decorate living rooms and be adorned with bows, ornaments, trinkets and gifts. His living room will be empty of such wonder.

The Hate That Does Not Die

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

One hatred ties these disparate movements together, the longest hatred that is both widespread and resurgent. Around the world, there is the threatening and all too familiar specter of the hatred of Jews.

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.

Celebrating 70 Years Since The Rebbe Arrived In America

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 08.30.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

My holiday is the 28th of Sivan, because that's the day 70 years ago we were given a chance for spiritual survival down here on the bottom half of the plane.

Jewish Identity (Un)defined At Israeli Presidential Conference

Chaviva Gordon-Bennett | Posted 08.28.2011 | Religion
Chaviva Gordon-Bennett

Last week's 2011 Israeli Presidential Conference was dubbed "Tomorrow," but I, and many other blogger-types, walked away unsure of tomorrow, let alone today.

A Closer Look At Weiner: Ruminating On Irksome Jewish Names

Eddy Portnoy | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Eddy Portnoy

Changing one's family name has often been an enormously useful device for those attempting to assimilate into other cultures. Take the 1933 case of Warsaw dry goods merchant, Moyshe Hitler.

Can The Jewish Community Encourage In-Marriage And Welcome Interfaith Families?

Edmund C. Case | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Edmund C. Case

There needs to be a fundamental change in Jewish attitudes towards intermarriage. We need to embrace the potential for positive Jewish outcomes, and stop talking about intermarriage as bad.

Goodness Over Genes? A Jewish Father's Marriage Advice

Avraham Burg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Avraham Burg

Let's say that one of my daughters were to introduce me to two possible sons-in-law: the Dalai Lama, whom she loves with all her heart and soul, or Rabbi Meir Kahane, whom she is willing to marry only because of his Jewish genetic origin.