Religion: Storm Over Zion

Many a U.S. Jew fears that Zionism appears to split his allegiance to the U.S. by committing him to a sentimental allegiance to Palestine. Many a Jew resents any thought of divided allegiance, believes it gives anti-Semites a talking point.

Last week this question raised one of the biggest hubbubs in the U.S. Jewish press since the Reformed Jews broke with the Orthodox in the last century. Reason : Houston's Beth Israel Congregation by a 612-to-168 vote passed a startling statement entitled "Basic Principles of Reformed Judaism."

Said the Houston statement: "We are Jews by virtue of our acceptance of Judaism. We...

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