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> Not true...at least not true for America: today, 50% of Jews marry 
> non-Jews and this is NOT a result of persecution.  Jews in America 
> enjoy a freedom of living unprecedented in history when 
> Jews living as a minority in a country.
> Alan Dershowitz wrote a whole book on this.


Here's something on that book from Amazon.com:

"Most recently in the spotlight as one of the many defense lawyers 
attending O. J. Simpson in his first criminal trial, attorney Alan 
M. Dershowitz is also a powerful advocate for the liberal Jewish 
tradition in this country. In an earlier book, Chutzpah, Dershowitz 
celebrated an end to Jewish isolation and institutional anti-
Semitism in America; in his latest book, The Vanishing American Jew, 
he decries the perhaps inevitable result of this desegregation: 

"Dershowitz writes powerfully about his fear that, with nothing to 
struggle against and no powerful motivation to maintain traditions, 
American secular Jews will, within a few generations, lose their 
Jewishness. The author writes from a privileged position: raised an 
Orthodox Jew, he embraced secular Judaism in his young adulthood and 
thus comes equipped with an intimate understanding of what he has 
chosen to reject and accept. Though Dershowitz has no definitive 
answers for the problem of The Vanishing American Jew, the questions 
he raises may be the first step in discovering a solution. --This 
text refers to the Hardcover edition."

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