The overall American Jewish population size is stable and growing, but its character is shifting dramatically. The Orthodox population (Haredi, centrist, and modern) is exploding. The non-Orthodox are in sharp decline.
The differences between Orthodox Judaism and alternative streams are many, but, put simply, they revolve around a difference in expectations and the importance of feelings.
Liberal Jewish movements are in demographic free fall and the key to arresting that fall is deeper commitment to Torah and mitzvot.
Steven M. Cohen’s attempt to quantify the shifting nature of the Jewish community succeeds in its portrayal of a rapidly growing Orthodox community but signally fails to capture an equally seismic shift of paradigm in the progressive, non-Orthodox, younger millennial demographic.
Orthodox groups are growing quickly, but stopping at numbers misses an underlying, vital issue. Why is it that Orthodox couples have large families?
The Anti-Defamation League is supporting legislation that Rachel Roberts says erases the distinction between anti-Israel speech and anti-Semitism.147
Standing with Trump’s primary targets will earn us the hatred of the white nationalists — but that’s actually a sign that we’re doing the right thing, Tony Karon writes.13
Karen Brodkin, who literally wrote the book on how Ashkenazi Jews came to be considered white, now doubts whether that status will last.129
We’re not afraid of opposing views — we welcome the chance to change your mind.37
All parents have a right to raise their children as they see fit, Avi Shafran argues. Betsy DeVos gets that.138
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