Forward: Jonathan Sarna Brilliantly Rebuts Norman Lamm

Professor Jonathan Sarna is the world's leading expert on the history of American Judaism. He brilliantly rebuts Rabbi Norman Lamm's predictions about the future of American Judaism in the Forward, noting five substantial challenges facing the denomination and concluding, "In the world of religion, smugness and self-assurance are usually risky. As Reform Judaism, Conservative Judaism and Mainline Protestant denominations have discovered, success in the present provides no guarantees for the future. If anything, saying Kaddish for other religious movements has often been the first sign of a movement’s own impending decline."

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