For “Jews of No Religion,” Chabad Hasidism Is the Denomination of Choice

In the past decade, demographers have increasingly spoken of “Jews of no religion”—that is, those who identify themselves as Jewish, but claim no devotion to Judaism as such. Elliot Kaufman examines some salient facts about this group from a recent Pew Research Foundation survey:

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More about: American Jewry, American Judaism, Chabad, Pew Survey

 

For a Leading Israeli Anti-Zionist, the Plight of Two Peoples Is Less Important Than Her Moral Preening

Founded in 2004 by IDF veterans, Breaking the Silence aims to expose the supposed wrongdoings of the Israeli military in the West Bank. In her recent Hebrew-language book Who Do You Think You Are?, Yuli Novak, who served as the group’s director until 2017, reflects on the internal turmoil she has experienced in the ensuing years and explains how she came to reject Zionism altogether. Einat Wilf finds the book cliché-ridden and solipsistic, while the author comes across as a “petulant child.” Moreover, writes Wilf, Novak’s argument rests on false premises:

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More about: Anti-Zionism, Breaking the Silence, West Bank