Demographics & Survival

Assimilation – Causes and Solutions - I am doing research for a Jewish studies course in my university. Today, with "Jewish continuity" such a priority (as it is in every generation), can you answer the question: What has been the secret of... More »
Basis of Jewish Belief - I am proud of my Jewish identity, but I don’t get this whole thing about Jewish tradition and observance. I enjoy Jewish music, and have a lot of Jewish friends. Isn’t that enough? More »
Eternal Nation - I have been reading a lot lately about the possibility that the Jewish people as they have been known for the past 3,000 years will not be the same, because of so many Jews intermarrying and not identifying with... More »
Few in Number - I'm doing research on Jewish history and I came across an amazing statistic: when the Common Era began, Jews comprised 10 percent of the Roman Empire. Yet somehow the number of Jews today has failed to keep pace with... More »
God's Promises - Has God failed us? I have read repeatedly where God promised the Jews to be a great nation, yet today Israel is struggling for survival, and Jews in the Diaspora are assimilating in record numbers. I don't understand... More »
Race or Religion? - I will be giving a speech on the topic of "Jews: Race or Religion?" My mother always taught me that it is a race. I want to get expert advice, so would you consider Judaism as a race or a religion? And what... More »
Raising Children in a Jewish Environment - My husband is a university professor. We live in a small city with a very small Jewish community. I see my friends and relatives who live in cities with a thriving Jewish life and for us everything seems like such a... More »
Synagogue Dues: Pay to Pray? - I can't tell you how frustrated I am. I can go to any synagogue in my area on any given Shabbat to pray, but when it comes to the High Holidays, I need tickets. Some congregations are not even selling tickets. You have... More »
Teshuva Movement - Why are so many Jews today turning their backs on Orthodox Judaism? More »
Why be Jewish? - I'm just out of college and struggling to forge my identity. I have strong Jewish feelings, but am meeting some really nice non-Jewish women and am having trouble articulating why Judaism is so central to my... More »
Why Do Kiruv? - I am a committed Jew. I attend synagogue, support Israel, and volunteer in various capacities to assist the Jewish community. I am content with my contributions, but yet I see others who are much more active in kiruv... More »

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