The reality is that we are not becoming more Orthodox or more anti-Israel.
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?