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Contra Cassandra: Debunking the Myth of Jewish Disunity

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Publication Date: January 1987

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 64:1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: World Jews; Jewish Culture; Jewish Identification

Type: Report


No one systematically checked the tzitzit of all marriages and divorces in large Jewish migrations in the past. The Jewish community has historically had a live and let live attitude of benign neglect on these matters, an attitude that is not without its roots in halakhah itself, which can be far more flexible than most people realize.