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Abstract

In 1940s America, the daily newspaper Forverts served in large part the old guard of Eastern European Jewish immigrants who had long abandoned their Orthodox beliefs and rituals. This article provides an abridged translation of five letters to the editor regarding the quandary of grandchildren’s bar mitzvahs and the editor’s responses written in 1942. These letters show that the return of second and third generation immigrants to religious ceremonies pained the older generation of committed secularists. Furthermore, they illustrate the crucial role the Forverts played as an authoritative arbiter for their readers, helping them navigate the ever-changing American Jewish landscape.

In: Zutot