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    • Fifth Jew
    • 15.05.06 | 22:51 (IDT)

    At a time when Israel is contorting itself in an effort to maintain a Jewish majority for the forseeable future, it is an irony of olympic proportions that the definition of who is a Jew is narrowly defined so as to exclude many who would like to think they are Jews. I do not know how many 5th Jews there are in the US, but I believe that the number is grossly understated. The Jewish community for generations has allowed its worst bigots to set the standards. The standard is has been so repressive that orthodox parents have regarded their own child as dead if he/she intermarries. This bigoted element is a powerful group only in Israel. To a great extent they define the Israeli community. As I see it, that is a major problem for Israel if it should suddenly decide it wants to become more inclusive. "People make decisions based on what they deem best for themselves and their families, rather than on what they regard as best for a community". Sylvia Barrack Fishman Many of us who are 5th Jews have intermarried, or have children who have intermarried and grandchildren who are the product of such marriages. How could a life in Israel be best for us or our families? It can not.

    from the article: First and foremost a Jew
    First published 00:00 15.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 15.05.06
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