The historical unity of the Jewish people is a myth, but the Chief Rabbinate’s hubris, like that of a small yapping dog, is ensuring an irrevocable split between Israel and the Diaspora
Samuel Heilman holds the Harold Proshansky Chair in Jewish Studies at the Graduate Center and is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College of the City University of New York.
Are we baby-boomers, demographers and sociologists included, eulogizing the U.S. Jewish future because younger Jews aren't 'doing Jewish' exactly like we did?
Israelis are dealing with graft and corruption at the highest levels at home, and lying and betrayals by their ‘best friend’, the U.S. president. There’s no better recipe for insecurity and political disaffection.
It's a common thesis: due to their history and prophetic tradition U.S. Jews are naturally liberal and progressive. But American Orthodoxy still cleaves to the right, even when anti-Semitic voices infect conservatism.
Only mediocrities shun the competition of new challengers and seek to restrict immigration
The narcissistic 45th president won't turn the other cheek if Israelis start to attack him personally, unlike Obama who, despite the Israeli right's animosity, still offered powerful foreign aid and strategic cooperation.
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Trump throws a 'pro-Israel' crumb to the crowd, and Jews in Israel and the U.S. look away from his assault on American freedoms.
In America and Israel, the post-Holocaust period - where Orthodoxy had the self-confidence to embrace liberal values and a more open, cosmopolitan way of living as an Orthodox Jew - is ending.
More Jews voted for Clinton than any other major religious group in America. But not all Jews. Has the political chasm between pro-Trump Orthodoxy and the liberal Jewish majority become unbridgeable?
It's no surprise that religious and secular Jews in Israel have little common ground, but the depth of their disengagement from each other forces us to question whether such a divided society can endure for very long.