By Reb Gutman Locks
Former US president Clinton at his daughter’s wedding to a Jew
Eighty percent of the Jews did not come out of Egypt at the time of the Exodus. Eighty percent of the Jews did not come out of Babylonia when we were allowed to come back to rebuild the Temple. At least eighty percent of the Jews did not come out of Europe when we were again allowed to return to Israel in the early 1900’s. They stayed, and perished in the Holocaust. And, (please G-d I am wrong) it looks like eighty percent of the American Jews are not going to make it out of America either, even though Jewish life is flourishing in Israel today.
“The first major survey of American Jews in more than 10 years finds a significant rise in those who are not religious, marry outside the faith and are not raising their children Jewish – resulting in rapid assimilation that is sweeping through every branch of Judaism except the Orthodox.”[i]
Even if there were no better reasons to maintain a Torah lifestyle, this would be enough. The survival of the Jewish people living outside the Land of Israel is entirely dependent on their degree of Torah observance.
[i] The New York Times Oct 1, 2013