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Time to say Kaddish for ‘tikkun olam’

As we welcome in this New Year, we know that we are at a critical juncture in American Jewish history. Synagogue affiliation continues to drop. Jewish ritual practice weakens with every passing year. Parents are far too often choosing for their children to attend soccer and gymnastics over Hebrew School and youth group. Even Israel — that one topic which used to unite the Jewish people — even Israel has become a lightning rod that divides, rather than unites us. Frankly, without a major course correction, the future for non-Orthodox Jews in America appears in jeopardy.

  • Everyone Else

    It’s really simple.

    If you’re ashamed of Israel stop claiming to be Jewish.

    If you get naches from Israel you’re Jewish.

    • Too many are leftists first and nothing second.

      • vwVwwVwv

        leftism is intolerant it does not tolerate other religions next to it

  • canminuteman

    So they face the same trials as the rest of us?

  • Maggat

    Sounds grim, but I do hope you are wrong.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The writer mentioned, “Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.” That is my credo and it appears to be the credo of most Israelis, including the secular segment.

    • Justin St.Denis

      We reside very near a small Ortodox enclave in rural Ontario. The community makes for the very best neighbours I could imagine. Similarly, I lived in a Hasidic neighbourhood in Montreal for a period in my youth which I also enjoyed.

  • vwVwwVwv

    Liberal Judaism in die out Modus.

    The Liberal Judaism will be once remembered
    as the Essenians, a Jewish
    failed Experiment.

    Want jour jewish kids to stay Jewish?
    Look that your Temple is called Synagoge, that your Rabi has a beard and
    dosent apear on Sabbat in his Car, that all prayers are in Hebrew and
    man do not sit together with the woman in synagoge.

    Ah yes if a woman Aproches the Thora, change the synagoge or your
    enkles will once ask you, “granpa/ma are YOU realy Jewish?“