Too often, the question of Jewish identity in the 21st century begins with the wrong questions: "How many Jews will there be?" and "Will the Jewish people survive?" In an era of choice, we need instead to talk about meaning and purpose,
God and spirituality, caring communities, and a sense of peoplehood that includes a connection to a 3,500-year-old culture, civilization, and literature. We must promote a Jewish life worth living if our dreams are to have any meaning for the next generation (or even for ourselves).