Overall, the intermarriage rate is at 58 percent, up from 43 percent in 1990 and 17 percent in 1970. Among non-Orthodox Jews, the intermarriage rate is 71 percent.
Source: Pew survey of U.S. Jews: soaring intermarriage, assimilation rates | Jewish Telegraphic Agency
The facts, ugly as they are.
If you care about Judaism in the least, don’t intermarry.
The critical question that concerns us all: is Halacha fixed, evolving, or irrelevant?
Some will answer “Halacha is fixed.”
Others will answer “Halacha is evolving.”
Some will even answer “Halacha is irrelevant.”
And there are many Jews still who will answer “What is ‘Halacha?’ ”
Your answer will determine where you sit come Rosh Hashanah, methinks.
“The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.”
— Woody Allen
Allow me to offer a modified counterpoint to Mr. Konigsberg’s pithy quote.
The Jew’s job is not to succumb to Woody Allen’s despairing vision of an empty existence, but to create meaning in our lives and by example light the way for others.
Given the choice of a full day fast and eight days without chametz, I would take the latter.
Some fasts are easier than others, but as far as I know, no fast is easy.
“He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every thing that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.” Deuteronomy 8:3
Have a restful post-Pesach Shabbos!
A warning for my fellow tribesmen traveling from or in Asia during Pesach:
Asian airline caterers haven’t figured out Passover yet. That makes for some very hungry Chol Hamoed flights.
Trust me, I know.
Gap between parties’ support of Israel at highest since 1978, survey shows; more conservatives view Netanyahu favorably than Dems
Source: 74% Republicans, 33% Democrats back Israel over Palestinians — poll | The Times of Israel
The problem here is not whether the world supports Benjamin Netanyahu. The problem for Israel, and by extension, for every Jew on the planet, is that the longer Bibi stays in office, the less people can tell the difference between Israel and Bibi.
Are we as a people ready to place the continued existence of our homeland on the same fragile little boat as a single man’s political career? Or is it time for the people of Israel to find a leader who can defend Israel with one hand and reach across to the rest of the world with the other?
Anyone who loves Israel must understand that without the world’s support, the days of our beloved land as a Jewish political entity are numbered, and that the day when the continued existence of Jews and Judaism on earth is once again at the mercy of others is nigh.