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    • isaiah
    • 08.09.09 | 20:57 (IDT)

    This stuff always upsets me. Just because the "spoon feeding" campaign against intermarriage didnt work doesn't mean its not true. Judaism is more than personal identification, its a system of thought, values, traditions, and rules. To reduce it to something before or after a hyphen like Italian-American is to rob of its richness and render it nearly meaningless. And I'm sorry, I grew up in a reform synagogue with lots of intermarried kids. They sum of their jewish identity consists of rosh hashana, yom kippur, bagels, and seinfeld. how much could they possibly teach their kids, especially if they don't even have the support of their future non-jewish spouses? Sure, maybe 1 in 10 of these products of intermarriage will go to services twice a year. The rest will quietly slip away until everything is forgotten. Neither Israel nor the orthodox are pushing them away; they already chose to leave.

    from the article: 'Lost Jews' video shows Israeli chutzpah towards Diaspora Jewry
    First published 17:14 08.09.09 | Last updated 10:15 09.09.09
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