from the New York Observer:
New York City is unquestionably the metropolitan epicenter of Modern Jewry, a long way from the once humble home of generations-old immigrants who came from the “Old World” – as our grandparents tell us – to the one American city almost explicitly associated with the religion, its people, and its culture. Its place as such has been documented extensively in literature and all forms of pop culture – Where to start? – and is commonly the center of Jewishness and Jewish figureheads in the news. For many Jews, a trip to Manhattan is just as much a birthright as one to Israel, as this is very likely the place their ancestry passed through in order to continue having one.
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