Now days, assimilation is the boogeyman in the actual survival of Israel. There is plenty of debate as to whether Reform Judaism has led to mass assimilation and also the current controversy of Jews immigrating to Israel and the right of return.The so-called 'progressive Jew' doesn't understand why, if they are marrying a gentile, that the gentile should be forced into an Orthodox conversion. A big part of the reasoning behind the requirement for Orthodox conversion lies in the motive of the person desiring to be converted. Is it just because they want to marry a Jew? Is it because they have decided that they want to be an Israeli? The reason must be so deep that they would go through the deeper process of Orthodox conversion. It has to be a sincere desire to be Jewish, not a 'cultural' acclimation.
Jewish Identity - Modern Responsa and Opinions on the Registration of Children of Mixed Marriages. It dealt with David Ben-Gurion's Query to Leader of the World Jewry, 5725 (1965). My Zeide said in the dedication:
"Dedicated to the tens of thousand of our Jewish brethren -- refugees from the countries of persecution -- who have returned to the Homeland of Israel with the "Ingathering of the Exiles" and are now rehabilitating in the Restoration of living Jewry."
So, as we continue to debate the topic, and watch what is going on in Israel, let's remember that assimilation didn't help the Jews in Europe prior to and during World War II. Let's take a step back, and not water ourselves down, while we feed the insatiable instant gratification that threatens our very existence.
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