Friday, August 31, 2007

In India, a Jewish Outpost Slowly Withers -

In India, a Jewish Outpost Slowly Withers - A story profiling one of the last living residents of Cochin's Jew Town. (Hat tip to Don Jim.


assiniboine said...

Of course we must not forget that we are here talking about the imminent disappearance of observant Malabar Jews. As in many other places -- the Canadian prairies are another such place -- survival as a discrete community has been threatened by tolerance; survival as individuals assured by it. Lots of St Thomas Christians in that part of the world whose ancestors were Jews, who are by Jewish law, indeed, Jews yet but do not any longer self-identify as Jews. Which isn't to say that ethnic and cultural assimilation isn't a tragedy in cultural and historical terms; but there are worse things for a community than being loved to death.

Gashwin said...

True. Nothing like bandying together and defending group identity in the face of persecution. American Jewry is facing the threat of assimilation and a secularized younger generation that doesn't care for the religious aspects of Judaism either.