But those roots should be attracting Jews, if they truly understood their faith. The growing trend of Jews moving to conservative ideas is reflective both of the attractions of tradition and the ongoing disappearance of the secular Jew. It also makes political sense. Jews are marginalized because party professionals realize their votes are not really in play, which limits any leverage Jews might have on the political system.
Despite the gradual move to the right that reflects Jewish population patterns, it is as yet not enough to counter the allure of nostalgia for an idyllic liberal past that really never was and in any event will not be seen again.
About the Author: Rabbi Steven Pruzansky is the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun of Teaneck, New Jersey, and the author most recently of “Judges for Our Time: Contemporary Lessons from the Book of Shoftim” (Gefen Publishing House, Jerusalem, 2009). His writings and lectures can be found at www.Rabbipruzansky.com.
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