The Jewish Revival in America, II:
Its Religious Side
Last month we described the various pressures and patterns that have led to larger and larger numbers of American Jews joining religious institutions. More Jewish children today attend Jewish religious school, more Jewish adults today are members of synagogues. At various points, we were brought to the brink of a discussion of the problem of religious sentiments and beliefs where we would have had to ask why parents have sent their children to religious schools, and why they themselves have joined synagogues. Is it only because they have attained middle-class status and live in milieux where such things seem proper? And is it also because religious institutions have gained such authority, with the gradual weakening of secular and skeptical and naturalistic attitudes, that people no longer feel able to resist them?
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