Who is a Jew?

By Martin Seiden

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), 1985

The author explains the controversy between groups of liberal and Orthodox Jewish leaders over the "Who is a Jew?" Knesset legislation. He contends that this disagreement signals a shift in the balance between the two groups and is the first pan-Jewish issue of principle in which the Jewish State is exerting or seeking to exert an influence upon normative Judaism in the Diaspora. The author discusses the rationale behind the Knesset's imposition of a standard for Jewish conversion, the "desperate" situation of Diaspora Jewry, and the "inward" movement in Israel towards observant Judaism, among other topics. He concludes by calling for the redirection of Diaspora funds exclusively towards Jewish education and not towards social centers that have failed to thwart assimilation and intermarriage.

Topic: Halakha, Continuity, Jewish Law, Religion and State, Jewish Identification, Law, Jewish Continuity, Religious Denominations

Name of Publication: Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism, and Israel

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Genre: Other

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Seiden, Martin. Who is a Jew?. Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism, and Israel. Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). 1985: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2409


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