April 28, 2005

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
Frank Rich: That old-time secularism

In the latest in my ongoing series on The New York Times' Jewish columnists, I celebrate Frank Rich's resurrection of ethnic, universalistic, secular Jewish humanism:

Jews like Rich continue to defy these predictions, demonstrating that an ethnic Jewish ethos is still a powerful force in the 21st century. As long as assimilated Jews retain their strong presence in the arts, journalism, academia, and politics — and as long as they consider their fields to be under assault — they will continue to be motivated not by the synagogue but by the strong undercurrents of Jewish history. And as long as powerful Americans use code words like the “East Coast elites,” we write off these kinds of Jewish thinkers and activists at our own peril.
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