By Steven Windmueller I was asked several years ago by a national Jewish publication to “predict the Jewish future.” As a colleague of mine suggested, we know how difficult it is to unpack the Jewish past, how much the more so to be able to speak about the future! In the end that publication did not elect to publish its findings. In many ways Jews have always contemplated their future, as we are a people whose DNA seems to include a built-in … [Read more...] about Predicting the Jewish Future: How will Jews be Different in 2050?
Archives for May 2015
In the words of Isaac Bashevis Singer “we know what a person thinks not when they tell us what they think, but by their actions.” By Rabbi Danny Burkeman As the dust settles on the recent General Election the campaigns and results have come in for widespread retrospective scrutiny. Despite living in the United States, having followed the campaign, I was delighted to be able to watch the bulk of the results come in live. Seeing the … [Read more...] about What the [UK’s] General Election can Teach our Synagogues
The Jewish Agency's pension fund seeks to sell the building to real estate developers. By Nimrod Bousso Haaretz.com Knesset members and NGOs have been battling to halt the sale of an immigrant absorption center to real estate developers, a move that could evict the building’s 1,300 residents - immigrants from Ethiopia. The center, in Mevasseret Zion near Jerusalem, is due to close on Sunday. It is being sold by the pension fund of … [Read more...] about Ethiopian Immigrants could be Evicted from Jerusalem-area Absorption Center
By Richard D. Zelin JNS.org From time immemorial, Jews have been concerned with the question of Jewish survival. Much ink has been spilled about the demise of Judaism and the Jewish community, although the tradition has remarkably had enormous staying power. But in recent years, especially since the 1990 National Jewish Population Study and the more recent Pew Research Center study on American Jewry (2013), the issue of Jewish continuity - if … [Read more...] about Debunking the ‘Myth of the Cultural Jew’
By David J. Steiner The Judaism that we inherited started in a coffin. Had Rabban Yochanan ben Zakai not been smuggled out of Jerusalem pretending to be dead, to sue for peace and ask for Yavne to create a new academy for our scholars, we would most likely not have the religion we have today. However, were Yochanan to visit a synagogue of any of our modern denominations, the great likelihood is that he would not recognize our practices as the … [Read more...] about Dropping the God Standard: Another 800 Pound Gorilla in the discourse about Judaism and Jewish Education