Dear "Democratic American", Jews are not afraid to learn languages and acculturate. We resemble the societies, in which we live. My Israeli boyfriend has commented that American Jews are very much Anglo-Saxon Puritan-like people. Is that not acculturation? What we try to avoid is the assimilation. We recognize the benefits of knowing our culture (because that is precisely the antithesis of assimilation). Would you really want to assimilate into a society, more than 50% of which is not able to pass the test it requires for citizenship? USA has brought into the world many great ideas. But who is informed of it all? Who can truly appreciate the beauty of our, US Constitution? Common folk? No, only political scietists and the lawyers. Most of the Jewish people know and understand precepts of Judaism. We take what we believe and live it - Orthodox practice kashrut, Reform are more geared towards social activism, Conservatives fluctuate in the middle. Assimilation means the loss of this.
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8 arrested in riots between Palestinians, police near Temple Mount after noon prayer (Haaretz)
from the article: First Arab, then Israeli and finally Palestinian