…(not to appear in COMMENTARY, that is) is James Loeffler’s extraordinary take on “The Death of Jewish Culture,” published today by Mosaic, the masterful website of the Tikvah Fund that is edited by my predecessor at COMMENTARY, Neal Kozodoy. What Loeffler details is the century-long history to build and sustain a rich and specificially Jewish secular culture and how the rise of do-it-yourself Judaism in the United States has effectively euthanized it. Loeffler makes reference to the concert at the Kennedy Center earlier this year when the pianist Evgeny Kissin almost single-handedly brought the effort back to life. I wrote about it here.  Do yourself a favor; go get a cup of coffee and settle in to read Loeffler’s remarkable account.

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