Bad Things Happen to Good Numbers

By Steven M. Cohen

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, October 2010

The author describes how the Jewish community's predispositions and emotional responses color the reception of data relating to Jewish issues which is produced by reliable social science. He notes that in some cases, the most engaged and vocal leaders in the community "like" the results they see from studies (whether these results are positive or negative), in the sense that they are predisposed to accept it because it aligns with their pre-existing agendas, whereas in other cases, voices in the community are more likely to challenge results that do not square with their predispositions.

Topic: Continuity, Survey, Jewish Continuity, Scholarship, Demography, Research, Academic Research, Intermarriage, Census, Jewish Identification, Science, Study, Population Estimate

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

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.41/no.673

Page Number(s): 8-9

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Steven M. Bad Things Happen to Good Numbers. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. October 2010: 8-9. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7253


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