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On contact with Orthodoxy

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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 10:37 am

I write this sitting in a hotel room in Philadelphia, here to attend the annual world conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies. That is an organization dedicated to studying and following the history and fate of Jews forced by the Spanish Inquisition to, at least publicly, pretended to give up their faith and convert to Catholicism. My wife and I have been very involved in the study of their lives.

I’ve been a Jew since birth. Truth be told, I had to be corralled to show up twice a week at Hebrew school to accomplish my bar mitzvah. At 13, I went off into the world identifying as a Jew but with no emotional commitment. I admired and was thankful for Israel, given the aftermath of the Holocaust, but no passion for it emerged until the Six-Day War of 1967. That same year, to my parents’ unexpected delight, I married a beautiful, smart and capable Jewish girl. That marriage has lasted 50 years.

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