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The Vanishing American Jew : In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century, Hardback Book

The Vanishing American Jew : In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century Hardback



In this urgent book, Alan M. Dershowitz shows why American Jews are in danger of disappearing - and what must be done now to create a renewed sense of Jewish identity for the next century.

In previous times, the threats to Jewish survival were external - the virulent consequences of anti-Semitism.

Now, however, in late-twentieth-century America, the danger has shifted.

Jews today are more secure, more accepted, more assimilated, and more successful than ever before.

They've dived into the melting pot - and they've achieved the American Dream. And that, according to Dershowitz, is precisely the problem.

More than 50 percent of Jews will marry non-Jews, and their children will most often be raised as non-Jews.

Which means, in the view of Dershowitz, that American Jews will vanish as a distinct cultural group sometime in the next century - unless they act now.

Speaking to concerned Jews everywhere, Dershowitz calls for a new Jewish identity that focuses on the positive - the 3,500-year-old legacy of Jewish culture, values, and traditions.

Dershowitz shows how this new Jewish identity can compete in America's open environment of opportunity and choice - and offers concrete proposals on how to instill it in the younger generation.



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