You're confusing assimilation and acculturation! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • M. Yadin
    • 09.10.11 | 08:02 (IST)

    If you were an assimilated Jew than you would not identify as Jewish at all - so, by definition, you are an acculturated Jew and not an assimilated one. And the problem with assimilation - and complete acculturation when we're at it - is that both are symptoms of conformist tendencies borne out of a fear of being different. Difference is beautiful, and people shouldn't be afraid to be Jews in America or anywhere else. And, having a degree in international relations, I can tell you that the reason that US Jews don't have "all those religious and ethnic wars" is because they aren't a polity with state interests such as survival. Any state - Jewish or not - must deal with the realpolitik of the state-system and the security environment of the region in which it is located.

    from the article: Following court ruling, hundreds of Israelis to declare themselves 'without religion'
    First published 00:27 09.10.11 | Last updated 00:27 09.10.11
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