Elul Reflections 5 – August 27

Rabbi Gersh Zylberman

It is often claimed that for every two Jews there are three opinions. Some doubt this assertion, arguing that for three opinions you only need one Jew!

When it comes to Jewish identity, there are an infinite number of viewpoints. Some emphasize peoplehood in their connection to Judaism. For others, it is a cultural, ethnic or spiritual matter. To many, it’s a link with the State of Israel. For most, it is some combination of all of the above.  Today there are Jews who describe themselves as Secular, Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative or Orthodox. Some regard themselves as “bagels and lox” Jews. But it seems to me that what really counts is just one question: Is being Jewish important to you? Or to put it another way, are you a serious Jew?


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