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Old 08-24-2013, 07:50 PM
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:11 AM
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Throughout History, observance has ebbed and flowed, I dont think it is necessarily NEW - not that it is good.

Whats your take?
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:53 AM
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That was a very thoughtful and interesting article. Near the end, the author writes:

the vast majority of Jews—unaffiliated, Reform, and even Conservative—have effectively cast off rabbinic guidance and have decided to invent their own Jewish customs. Some keep kosher at home but eat in non-kosher restaurants; some attend Shabbat services, but get there by driving to synagogue. The compromises of American Jewish life are legion.
And I think he is right. Those movements referred to above, barely exist in any appreciable numbers in the land of Israel, so it would indeed appear as if America is inventing its own Jewishness.

Thankfully, the baal t'shuvah movement (Jews returning to the ways of mitzvos and Torah) is growing by leaps and bounds. My kids Orthodox Jewish day school has doubled its enrollment in just the last 6 years. My town had zero orthodox shuls in 1985. Now there are about a dozen.

So while America invented its own "Jewishness" around the time of WW2 (as Reform and Conservative shuls were growing back then), America is in the process of re-inventing its Jewishness again, as the Conservative movement is dying out and the Reform movement is a mixture of Jews and non-Jews.

This is simply the way it works. When a "movement" comes to reform our precious Torah with liberal, progressive "modern updates" to the religion, they last a generation or a few, then they go the way of dust, as the religion seeks to return to its wholeness - which means connecting to Hashem via the mitzvos.

Thanks for posting the article, Pruzhany.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:18 AM
Location: OC/LA
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How Strong is Orthodox Judaism -- Really? The Demographics of Jewish Religious Identification

Interesting article describing the different branches of Judaism as well as the demographics within each one.
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