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    Ending or continuing – Mikketz

    The title of the Torah reading is Mikketz, which speaks of an era ending.

    The analogy is apparent. No Jew is free from the nagging worry about whether being Jewish will come to an end at some stage or whether it will continue to the end of time.

    Over the course of history there have been times when Jewish survival was in doubt but this is not one of those times.

    After the Holocaust, as Trude Weiss-Rosmarin pointed out, your child would go to kindergarten but you could never tell whether the child or the family would still be Jewish by the end of the generation. Now it is more likely that the erstwhile toddler will become a Rosh Yeshivah.

    Judaism is far from finished. Even those who try to escape from or dilute their Jewish heritage very often find their way back to Jewish commitment.

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