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There was a reluctance to push for halakhic observance lest the nonobservant would be alienated.
Their main concern is to demonstrate how nonobservant individuals, even convinced atheists, can still identify with Judaism as a living culture and contribute to its future growth regardless of how far their personal faith and worship practices may diverge from traditional norms.
Most are nonobservant Jews who, in a moment of cosmic folly, marry a zealot, along with the occasional bewildered-looking gentile who seems to have accidentally disembarked at the wrong subway stop, both literally and figuratively.
On the one hand, this meant that the sample was probably biased in the direction of the religiously observant, since nonobservant Muslims tend not to join the MSA.
The grave, moved in 1975 to the Catholic cemetery that blackballed the nonobservant writer in 1940 (there are second acts in American death), abuts highways throbbing with commerce.
Born into a nonobservant Jewish family, he had little time for conventional religion but regarded the physical universe with a wonder and respect that bordered on theological awe.
The extent to which life in Stein's family (devout mother, nonobservant children) was actually Jewish is never adequately addressed, and Stein's conversion is presented as a confluence of circumstances and spiritual more than cultural factors.
She does not hint at the terror the Nazis inspired: if the nonobservant, ultra-assimilated Jews of Germany could be targeted as Jewish, arguably no Jew was safe and Jewish identity was not a matter of choice or self-definition.
Although his parents were Conservative Jews who experienced anti- Semitism firsthand in their native Poland and instilled a strong sense of Jewish identity in him, Koch grew up to be a nonobservant Jew.
The majority of our Jewish respondents were nonobservant, with at least a high school diploma, a western cultural background and a modern life style.
A contemporary Rabbi Menahem Mendl would accept neither the nonobservant majority of Israelis nor the secular Jews of America as `good Jews'.