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The Vanishing American Jew

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Published by Little, Brown and Company in New York .
Written in English


The Physical Object
FormatElectronic resource
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24254515M
ISBN 109780759592001, 9780446930505

Still, if not theologically or practically, then at least aesthetically his effort must be admired—precisely because we think his task unnecessarily hard. So it will continue to thrive in American life for a while, as the only address in the Jewish community that de-stigmatizes intermarriage and positively celebrates and accelerates assimilation. Over the long term, population loss due to disaffiliation and decreased immigration might also lead to a smaller and less engaged Jewish community. It is as if God has been excised from religion and Judaism ought to be seen as but another idealistic social program.

Technically, according to Jewish law, that is correct. Now, however, in late-twentieth-century America, the danger has shifted. Jews have somehow miraculously survived for a number of millennia. Taglit emerged as response to the now-famous NJPS finding that, among recently married Jews, more than half 52 percent had married non-Jews. Speaking to concerned Jews everywhere, Dershowitz calls for a new Jewish identity that focuses on the positive - the 3,year-old legacy of Jewish culture, values, and traditions.

If men are to abstain from work on the Sabbath or from enjoying its fruits, they must know what work is and what it is not; and if they are to fast, they must know what is reconcilable with fasting and what is not. Boston: Little,Brown and Company, A half century later, dire forecasts are again front and center. As the Judaism of "individual autonomy," it demands nothing of it?


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The majority of participants are from the United State and, unlike virtually every other Jewish education program, the target audience is the entire population.

Had FSU Jews not come to America, the population estimate would be significantly less, but still more than 6 million. Are the resources withheld from the foreign field being used for a Jewish mission to the Jews?

To be sure, such opinions have some positive value in promoting and mobilizing discussion. If these levels of increasing educational are sustained, we should expect that the next generation of adult children of intermarriage will be better Jewishly educated than the current generation and better able to participate in Jewish life.

Dershowitz touted in ''Chutzpah,'' his paean to Jewish assertiveness. Many American Jews point proudly to their pro-Israel lobbying efforts and argue that large-scale aliyah of American Jews would jeopardize US support for Israel.

We can no longer afford to ignore the historical imperatives that drive us towards our destiny: the People, loyal to G-d and Torah, living on the Land sworn to our ancestors, fulfilling the mission of bringing G-d?

They necessarily capture the dynamic development of the community. But the narrative was unequivocally bleak.

Leslie Fiedler

Dershowitz is at his best when he describes his own complex reaction to the news: ''I was genuinely happy at Jamin's obvious joy and excitement over his forthcoming marriage, but happiness was not my only emotion. But he makes it clear from the outset that in his mind they already are. To avert this disaster, we must return to our Divine calling.

Dershowitz's mother -- who continues to practice the Orthodoxy Mr. But it is a distorted story. Many, particularly those from the FSU, came with very little Jewish education and enacted their Jewish identity only once they arrived in America.

After a late evening party, when most of the guests had already left, Alan Dershowitz, with a glass of celery tonic in hand, sat down on a comfortable chair and began talking about the future of American Jewry.

If current demographic trends hold and there is nothing on the horizon to suggest that they won?

The Sky Is Falling! The Sky Is Falling!

When He decides to restore the Jews, they say, He will have no need of presumptuous mortals; He will send His Messiah. Just what that something else is he struggles to define for most of his book.

Artificial flowers may seem on the surface to be even more attractive than those which are real. As he expounded his thoughts his words may have sounded trenchant and profound, his listeners must have been enthralled by his observations, a heated discussion ensued, and one of the people sitting with him may have suggested that his remarkable insights had to be published.

Dershowitz this is not, primarily, a religious matter. Many Jewish religious liberals claim Maimonides as a rationalist ancestor, but he was not at all a liberal in their sense.

Dershowitz shows how this new Jewish identity can compete in America's open environment of opportunity and choice - and offers concrete proposals on how to instill it in the younger generation.

The challenge is to build on successful strategies and to discard those that are not working. Some years before Hitler came to power, the doom of the German Jews had already been pronounced.

The population is, in fact, larger and more engaged in Judaism than in previous eras. Most Catholics think that Dr. The persistence of an image of decline, and our decades-old experience, does not fully explain why the assessments of the Jewish population and our trajectory have been so bleak.

Now the Catholics know how it feels. What is clear is that Taglit has a transformational impact on participants.

By virtue of it? Rock is not really a Catholic doctor, he is a doctor who is a Catholic.Jan 06,  · Read "The Vanishing American Jew In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century" by Alan M.

Dershowitz available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $10 off your first purchase. In this urgent book, Alan M. Dershowitz shows why American Jews are in danger of disappearing - Brand: Little, Brown And Company.

In an earlier book, Chutzpah, Dershowitz celebrated an end to Jewish isolation and institutional anti-Semitism in America; in his latest book, The Vanishing American Jew, he decries the perhaps inevitable result of this desegregation: assimilation.3/5(1). Book Reviews The Vanishing American Jew: In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century, by Alan M.

Dershowitz. Boston: Little,Brown and Company, pp. $ I can imagine the genesis of this book. After a late evening party, when most of the guests had already left, Alan Dershowitz, with a glass of celery tonic in hand, sat down on a comfortable chair and began talking about the. We have made it easy for you to search a book shows without any digging.

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