New York City and American Jewish History

Feb. 12 2015

Deborah Dash Moore, the author of numerous books on the history of American Jewry, talks about her research on the Jews of New York and about the transforming effect of the great move to the suburbs after World War II (interview by Rachel Gordan):

As Jews [during World War II] became identified with a Judaism that was considered one of the three fighting faiths of democracy, they began to [adopt] religious forms of Jewish life that followed the other two American faiths: Protestantism and Catholicism. Rather than understanding Jewishness as a way of being and perceiving the world, they came to think of it as set aside for specific occasions, such as lifecycle events or days on the calendar. Jews who moved to the suburbs especially privatized many aspects of Jewishness.

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Only a Clear Message to Iran Can Restore Israel’s Deterrence

Aug. 19 2019

Currently the greatest threat facing the Jewish state is an attack on three fronts, in which Hizballah and other Iranian forces launch tens of thousands of missiles simultaneously from both Lebanon and Syria, while Hamas—now also taking orders from Tehran—does the same from Gaza. Such a barrage would likely overwhelm Israel’s storied missile-defense systems, severely disrupt civilian life and possible result in high casualties, and gravely interfere with the IDF’s ability to counterattack. Noting that the Islamic Republic could unleash this mayhem at the time of its choosing, Benny Morris suggests a straightforward preventative measure. (Free registration required.)

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