How We Jews Define Ourselves

This has been another very hard week for us, the Jewish community.The attack in New Jersey led to the murder of Mindy Ferencz, Moshe Deutsch and Detective Joseph Seals by two individuals who hated Jews and law enforcement.The election in the UK thankfully saw the defeat of Corbyn who was named as the top anti-Semitic person of 2019 by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.And there is terrible concern over President Trump’s Executive Order on Combating Anti-Semitism which was signed Wednesday evening. Leading up to this signing, it had been reported that the Executive Order would define the Jewish people as a nationality. For many American Jews, the idea that our nationality might be defined by our Jewishness was frightening. It turns out that the Executive Order does not define Judaism as a nationality. It does require authorities to use the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance – IHRA’s definition of anti-Semitism when “enforcing Title VI, and identifying evidence of…