The Ultimate Gimmick

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5 Responses

  1. Arthur says:

    Strong, strong article.  But Mishpacha articles are not a meaningful or effective game plan for dealing with the situation.  What else have you got?

    • tzippi says:

      Would it have had more cred had it appeared elsewhere? Are there any aspects of the article you feel should be further explored, or others that weren’t mentioned and should be developed?

      Personally, I hope that we will all be able to enjoy the eloquent, thoughtful writings of Rabbi Feldman, shlit’a for many, many years to come (those those last 6 words might be superfluous after “shlit’a”).

  2. joel rich says:

    They are gradually losing ground in America, unable to retain their young people, and are facing dwindling institutional membership.


    And what movement could this have been written about 100 years ago in the US?

    • Yaakov Menken says:

      Why is that relevant? Traditional Judaism is not a movement, and did not come to the US as a movement. Less informed traditional Jews immigrated to America, settled in cities without Jewish education, and assimilated. At no time did they band together to export what they were doing wrong to other countries.

      Discuss a more relevant question: did traditional Judaism correct its weakness? Obviously, yes. We see today what a substantive Jewish education does. It did so by investing locally in their own children — again, not by trying to export their problems. Reform and Conservative barely admit they have a problem, much less making any substantive effort to correct it — unless one confuses branding with substance.

  3. smb says:

    I understand people wanting to do their own ways. However, there are plenty ways we can do within Torah Law.  Yes, if it was made by people, we can do things however we want. But the Torah is from Hashem.  G-d tells us how to follow and keep the Laws in order to connect to G-d, nourish our soul and spread goodness.  Yes there are different viewpoints, but we should consider what does G-d want, instead of what do i want?  May we unite in Torah and mitzvos


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