In Response to "On the Passing of the Ethnic Era"

By Deborah Dash Moore

Eugene Borowitz, October 5, 1990

In this opinion piece, the author responds to Sh'ma editor Eugene Borowitz's "On the Passing of the Ethnic Era," published in Sh'ma 20/397 (September 21, 1990). She looks at the question of how to reconcile the perspectives of the rabbinic elite and the masses, who are now middle and upper class and well-educated in secular knowledge. Moore acknowledges that American Jews are loosely tied to Judaism, its values and practices and supports a reawakening as a possible solution. The author posits that the generational status of many Jews and the traits they share with other Americans in major cities may contribute to this divide. Moore ends by asserting that their might two types of Jews today, those who are Jewish Jews or the modern orthodox and the others who are incidentally Jewish Americans.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Demography, Identity Formation, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Eugene Borowitz

Volume/Issue: Vol.20/no.398

Page Number(s): 140-141

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Genre: Opinion

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Moore, Deborah Dash. In Response to "On the Passing of the Ethnic Era". Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Eugene Borowitz. 5 October 1990: 140-141.


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