Jews without Passover
Each year, there are fewer American Jews who celebrate Passover, a commemoration of the Exodus story celebrating freedom and responsibility. Each Passover, there are fewer American Jews.
When I was growing up there were 6 million Jews in America. America has grown by thirty percent since then, but the number of Jews has shrunk to 5 million. Most secular and Reform American Jews are the ‘last Jews’ in their family, ending a line that DNA confirms stretches back to the time of Moses and the Exodus.
Less than a million children are being raised as Jews. For every one hundred secular or Reform Jews alive now there will be fewer than ten Jewish great-grandchildren. One hundred to ten to none. They leave quietly: first, intermarry, then only 15% raise their children to be Jewish. These are America’s famous liberal Jews.
There is a ten percent hardy remnant of American Jews growing and thriving as Jews: religious Jews. They love the covenant, study the Torah, and bring God into their daily lives. Most vote Republican -- ninety percent in the last two presidential elections.
Judaism is a powerful force that was not defeated by the Pharaohs of any generation. We are talking about the oldest living civilization on earth. Passover has been celebrated for 3,500 years, three and a half millennia of commitment, courage and determination.
Intermarried liberal couples could raise their children as Jews. From their actions it is obvious they don’t want Jewish children. Why?
Democratic Party affiliation is killing them off. Within the liberal fold, Jews steadily have been pressured to betray their Jewish identity. The story of the Jews threatens the liberal agenda of big government based on dependence and victimhood. Liberal Jews erase who they are, so as not to upset others.
Today’s Democrats are ignorant of God and the Bible, and hateful towards pious people. Progressives believe our freedom is granted (or withheld) by the government, not by “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.” Democratic Party leaders voice contempt for “the rich,” that is, hard work and personal accomplishment. They bad-mouth even a plumber’s success as unfair selfishness. Today’s Democrats side with the Arabs, who they pretend are victims. Liberal Jews only win credit in these circles by praising other groups and fighting for other causes, never their own.
In the twentieth century, Jews were victimized as no other group, yet functioned magnificently. Jews turned adversity into strength through drive, strong families, initiative, a positive outlook and personal responsibility. They helped each other and themselves. To admit that underdogs do best in our wonderful America by taking responsibility for themselves is to undercut the entire liberal government power grab.
Democrat Jews are forced to choose, and they choose liberalism over Judaism. They tell their children that it is a beautiful thing to be a citizen of the world. No one is better than anyone; no country is better than any other country; no religion has anything special to offer, they are all the same, all stupid (except for Islam and Buddhism).
Is it a surprise their children don’t grow up Jewish?
The sad side of Jewish existence -- the vicious antisemitism of Islam in Europe and the Middle East, on American college campuses and now even American elementary schools -- is not far away from American Jews. We live with sorrow and anger and fear, for our children and our fellow Jews.
For liberals who have lost the strength that comes from the covenant with God, have lost the support of their fellow Democrats for Israel, it is too much to bear. Jews are fleeing Europe as too dangerous. In America, liberals are fleeing Judaism. The longer Jews live in the leftist Democrat subculture, the weaker they become as Jews, the less able to leave their ersatz religion of liberalism, the less they want Jewish children.
Liberalism encourages them to imagine the world is a naturally peaceful place that makes no demands on us, indeed, requires we turn a blind eye to evil. They won’t be honest with themselves about Arab Nazism. Arabs are really peace-loving people with a beautiful religion. If they are angry at Israel; Israel deserves it. It has nothing to do with us.
It’s easier for liberal Jews to pretend there is no God, there are no enemies, and even easier to pretend there is no “us.” Keep this up, and there is no “us.” That’s why they are disappearing.
The same is in store for America as a whole, if we continue to follow liberal ideology.
While it is pleasant to imagine fewer Jewish liberals, having Jews shrink to an insignificant percent of our population is an enormous loss for America in terms of what might have been -- all that human and spiritual potential lost to the stupidities of liberalism. Losing Jews has never been a blessing for any land. It would be far better to defeat the forces of liberalism before we lose most of America’s Jews, and America itself.
I prefer Passover to the progressive narrative that government saves and freedom is overvalued. So did America’s founding fathers, and before them, the Pilgrims, and after them, the Abolitionists.
John Wycliffe was the forefather of the Protestant Reformation. He studied Exodus and wrote these words later made famous by Abraham Lincoln, in the preface to the first Bible in English: “The Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
The Pilgrims identified their struggles for religious and political freedom with the Jews of the Exodus story. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin proposed the “Parting of the Sea” as the official US seal. George Washington was eulogized as Moses. "Let my people go" inspired the Abolitionists.
Passover is a grand, incomparable story. It is Jewish history and became part of American history. More of us should be celebrating it.