Freedom: The Promise And The Challenge
"Freedom to observe, freedom to neglect," in the words of one 19th-century rabbi
And yet Rabbi Harris, neither the first nor the last Cassandra on the subject of American Jewish survival, worried too much. Even as a substantial share of American Jewry leaps from the marital altar into the melting pot, another portion enjoys a religious renaissance that derives its energy and many of its models from the Orthodox sector. From day schools to Hasidic praise songs, from daf yomi Talmud groups [that study a page of Talmud every day] to glatt kosher bistros, this revival touches observant Jews in every denomination.
Three hundred fifty years from the beginning, we have learned that American freedom is capacious and indiscriminate enough to enable virtually anything the Jews of Lakewood--or for that matter--Brookline or Great Neck or Skokie or Pico-Robertson or Buckhead--have in mind.
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