A highly industrialized place like America where everybody is living a fast-paced lifestyle will probably influence anybody, even the most spiritual people in the world.
It is no wonder why immigrants are expected to adapt than to hold on to their customs. The best example is that the American Jews.
Let us take a look at the impact of American culture to the Jews living in the Usa.
Jews are always associated with Judaism as this is their faith like Islam to Muslims.
According to a survey done by Pew Research Center, one in five Jews describes themselves as non-religious or doesn’t have any religion in any way.
Jew immigrants have brought their traditions and culture together. But, today’s generation today relies on educational institutions to teach history to their children. This is why it’s no surprise when religion and other traditional practices are changed, if not entirely gone. To cure this, parents frequently go on kosher tours and Jewish themed holidays to give their children a glimpse of their habit.
But even so, they’re still proud of the Jewish descendants. It’s just that they’re living in a contemporary world where often than not, certain practices are no longer implemented.
But one can’t experience real happiness if they can’t experience sadness and mourning.
In Irving Greenberg’s book Jewish Valves And The Shifting American Ethic, he discusses how American civilization widely accepts happiness in the sense that they almost deny the existence of death.
“He looks like he’s still alive.” Or”He has settled okay.” — Those phrases alone manifest the way American culture denies death and mourning. There’s absolutely not any embalming and cremation as they believe that the body needs to go back to the ground where they belong just the way they are. Additionally, the burial has to be carried out whenever possible.
But American Jews nowadays are gradually adapting to the American method of mourning and even conduct cremation also.
Traditionally, intermarriage between Gentiles and Jews wasn’t allowed. But following the migration to America, intermarriage was gradually accepted.
Now, intermarriage has become widely recognized in Jewish society. Rabbis and other Jewish scholars are concerned that the tolerance of intermarriage can lead to the extinction of their American-Jewish community.
As stated previously, most Jews now claim to be non-religious.
In a poll done by Pew Research Center, 37 percent of intermarried Jews stated that they’re not exposing their kids to Jewish traditions in any respect.
Nobody can tell if intermarriage has an effect of lessening the spiritual Jews in America, but the numbers are signs that it can be the reason after all.
That is why Rabbis and Jewish parents want their children to be exposed to their Jewish roots. One great way is via celebrating holidays and vacations through kosher touring. With this, Jewish children will have the opportunity to take part in interactive Jewish applications and be subjected to their own heritage.