Category Archives: Consensus and The Jewish Community

A Parting of Ways?

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October 1, 2010

Ted Sasson: In a survey of American Jews conducted by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies last summer, 28 percent of age 18-29 respondents — compared to 42 percent of those over 60 — reported feeling very connected to Israel. Does this statistic mean that younger Jews are becoming estranged from Israel, as Peter Beinart argued in his much discussed New York Review of Books essay (June 10, 2010)? More »

Does Consensus Still Count?

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October 1, 2003

Doug Kahn
Consensus is the process seeking representation from
widely diverse viewpoints. It helps maintain civil debate on highly emotional issues, and it is the product after reaching consensus that reassures a broad cross-section of the community that their concerns have been addressed. More »

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

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October 1, 2003

Marlene Provizer
Underlying the decline of consensus is a crucial, related question: “Who speaks for the Jewish community?” More »

Recovering a Community of Ethical Controversy

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October 1, 2003

Brad Hirschfield
The challenge lies not in convincing people to see
matters uniformly but, rather, in looking at our own responses and asking why we do not recognize the connections that, even if elusive exist. Our task to know our Jewish boundaries and to take steps to reach across those boundaries. More »