Connectedness: To Judaism

As the next step in looking at Jewish connectedness replacing affiliation and membership as a key to the Jewish future, I suggest connection to Judaism as a key component.

At one point, it was pretty safe to assume that the Jewish person who was actively practicing Judaism was also a dues-paying member of a synagogue and was likely donating to Jewish causes. That is no longer a safe assumption in all cases.

So, the markers of a person who is connected to Judaism looks like this:

  • Participates in Jewish rituals, such as fasting on Yom Kippur, attending a Seder, reciting blessings, lighting Hanukah menora
  • Uses Shabbat and Jewish holidays to mark time and to rest [however s/he defines it]
  • Observes some level of Kashrut and/or Eco-Kashrut
  • Participates in Jewish study
  • Has a mezuzah on the door of his/her home

Increasingly the practice of mikva, long the domain of only the Orthodox [and even there, not universal], is entering the mainstreram as a feature.

There are certainly many more mitzvot out there, but these seem to be generally acknowledged markers.

Next edition: Connection to the Jewish historical experience


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