Rosner’s Domain

On top of my usual JOI responsibilities this week, I’m also fielding questions about intermarriage and outreach as a guest of journalist Shmuel Rosner over at “Rosner’s Domain” on the Haaretz newspaper website. It’s posted in reverse chronological order, so it begins toward the bottom.

So far I’ve already answered questions on rabbinic Officiation, the Christmas tree, and “downsides” to the intermarriage trend. Here is an example:

“Intermarriage pushes the American Jewish community to confront the big questions: what does it mean to be Jewish? How do we express our Judaism? Who is a Jew? It’s good to grapple with tough questions; that’s what Jews do. We will have a stronger community if we can provide compelling answers to those big questions.”

If there’s something you would like to discuss further that doesn’t come up in the Rosner conversation, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment. I look forward to hearing from you.


  1. It’s amazing how anonymous comments so quickly degenerate into nasty name-calling. I would only say this as to what it means to be Jewish: “Real Jews don’t tell other Jews that they aren’t real Jews.”

    Comment by Liz — April 4, 2008 @ 10:27 am

  2. Those Jews who accept intermarriage are living in a fantasy world that will one day be shattered when their children grow up.

    When their children will seek intellectual honesty they will discover their parents had no part of it out of either ignorance of traditional Judaism or self-deception. They will resent the situation their parents have put them in and will reject their “Judaism” for the easy path of secular religion. Either way they will be exiting their parents “judaism” in record numbers. Meanwhile their parents can enjoy the comfort of fantasy they live in.

    Comment by Michael — April 4, 2008 @ 11:44 am

  3. I personally am agnostic and am quite comfortable rejecting orthodoxy at torah min hashamayim without endless years of talmudic study and observing the more arcane mitzvot. How would it be intellectually honest to force myself into observance based on things I don’t believe? Like-minded people might prefer their future children to identify as Jewish, but they clearly have no strong objection to “secular religion” or even secularism without religion.

    Comment by Eric — April 11, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

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