Religion: A Common Ignorance

Should an American Jew abandon his Jewishness and try to "assimilate" himself? Or should he cling to the fundamentals of his own tradition, even though it makes him "different"? Either course would be preferable to the one U.S. Jews are actually following, says British Literary Critic David Daiches, who has spent ten years teaching English at the University of Chicago and Cornell.

Writing in the current issue of Commentary, this eminent son of a rabbi finds "American Jewry . . . aiming at a confused third way which is neither philosophically tenable nor socially practicable" —a "genteel" watering-down of Judaism to conform...

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