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Joseph Cropsey

Revisiting Leo Strauss’s "Why We Remain Jews" (A High Holidays Post)

We’re currently in the middle of the Jewish High Holidays: last Monday and Tuesday were Rosh Hashanah; Yom Kippur starts this Tuesday at sunset.  I have a fairly complicated, and fluctuating, personal relationship to Judaism. I can’t–and don’t–claim to be a believer of any sort. Yet I always celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Since moving to Norman, I’ve attended a traditional High Holiday minyan that a number of faculty and community members put together at the University of Oklahoma’s Hillel.  Being essentially a non-believer yet spending all day on Yom Kippur fasting and attending shul both is, and isn’t, Read more