Sephardim And Secularism
Wed, 10/16/2013
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After reading the articles on the Pew study about the state of American Jewry
and how slowly secular Jews are disappearing, I also read about the passing
of Rabbi Ovadia Josef (“What Pews Does — And Doesn’t — Tell Us, Oct. 11, “A ‘Gaon’ In Every Sense,” Oct. 11).

The fact that Rabbi Yosef had such an influence on the Sephardic and Mizrachi
 communities worldwide gives me hope that Jewish continuity will not come
 from secular American Ashkenazi Jews, of which the Pew study was aimed at. The 
fact is that Sephardim and Mizrachi Jews have a lower intermarriage rate than
 Ashkenazim, even among those who are secular.

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