Andrew Silow-Carroll suggests that “we read the Bible as a family story, not as an instruction manual” (“Badtime stories,” Aug. 6). Seriously? It is thinking like that that produced the results of the latest Pew survey. According to a recent analysis of the study in Mosaic magazine, “Among the non-Orthodox population between ages 25 and 54, 36 percent of mixed-marrieds are not raising children as Jewish at all, and 44 percent say their children are being raised partly as Jews or as Jewish but with no Jewish religion.”
The intermarriage rate has reached a high of 58 percent for all Jews, and 71 percent for non-Orthodox Jews — a huge change from before 1970 when only 17 percent of Jews married outside the faith. Two-thirds of Jews do not belong to a synagogue, one-fourth do not believe in God, and one-third had a Christmas tree in their home last year.
I think it’s time we started treating the Torah a little more seriously and less like a storybook.