A Threat Assessment for American Jewry, Part One

Which of the recent samples of anti-Semitism—on the street, on campus, in Congress, or in the clergy—is the greatest threat to America and the Jews?

Demolition and recovery crews at the scene of the December 10, 2019 shooting at a Jewish deli in Jersey City, New Jersey. BRYAN R. SMITH/Afp/AFP via Getty Images.

Demolition and recovery crews at the scene of the December 10, 2019 shooting at a Jewish deli in Jersey City, New Jersey. BRYAN R. SMITH/Afp/AFP via Getty Images.

Ruth R. Wisse
COLUMN
July 8 2021
About Ruth

Ruth R. Wisse is a Mosaic columnist, professor emerita of Yiddish and comparative literatures at Harvard and a distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her memoir Free as a Jew: a Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation, chapters of which appeared in Mosaic in somewhat different form, will be published in September.

Which of the following samples of anti-Semitism—all having occurred in the last few months—is the greatest threat to America and the Jews?

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