Jewish Survival

One criterion as to whether a form of Judaism is genuine is whether it stands a chance of survival. While usually not explicitly spelled out is Jewish long-term survival the overriding criterion in halakhic decision making in contemporary Orthodox Judaism. The main reason non-Orthodox Judaism is condemned by Orthodox rabbis is primarily because it tends to lead to assimilation. Conservative Judaism was once the largest Jewish denomination in the United States but has been continually shrinking in recent decades to a fraction of its former size and although one third of US Jews are still Reform Jews are most relatively inactive. The hope of survival for non-Orthodox streams of Rabbinic Judaism lies therefore solely in Aliyah to Israel. 

Denominations of Median Judaism are by this criterion absolutely genuine. One denomination of core Median Judaism, Druzism, has almost zero intermarriage rate. Zionism has emerged as a preeminent Jewish survival strategy. However, certain Haredi and Hardali rabbis are undermining the Zionist Jewish survival strategy by attempting to prevent Orthodox conversions of partially Jewish Israelis. This is serious since there will likely be vast immigration of Diaspora Jews with disputed personal status in the future and whose children will require Orthodox conversions to settle any doubts. Core Median Judaism is also absolutely focused on survival although it employed different strategies such as tactical syncretism to survive in the shadow of religious imperialism.

It is clear that the future of the Jewish nation lies in Israel. This is not to discount religious survival strategies but Israel is the home of the entire Jewish nation and it is only there it will be safe from assimilation, oppression, persecution, genocide and forced conversions. Bringing Median Jewry to Israel is one of the most pivotal endeavors in the history of the State of Israel.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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