Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Sof kol Sof 

It is with a bit of relief and a bit of sadness that I now write my last post and bring the Out of Step Jew blog to a close. I have been blogging for two and a-half years, longer than most other Jewish blogs. There are a few that pre-date my blog and I give them all the credit for continuing.

Part of the reason I have decided to stop this enterprise is due to tiredness. Part of it is due to the fact that I think I have covered nearly all the issues I wished to cover. Part of it though has to do with my recent trip to the US where I felt so out of touch from the American-Jewish community. For all its vibrancy (and there is no denying that it is a vibrant community) the one thing that caught my eye more than any other in the three Jewish communities in which I was a guest (two in the NY area, one in the DC area) was the preponderance of Jewish books translated into English. American-Jewry is becoming the first Jewish community in history to learn its Judaism in a language other than Hebrew or Aramaic (few true works of Torah were written in Yiddish).

If there are things that are lost in translation – then what will be lost to American Jewry due to its Hebrew illiteracy?

In any event, I want to thank all those who corresponded with me. I have 'met' some interesting people and befriended some of them. Many of the comments were more interesting than the posts themselves and I thank those of you who made this blog more interesting than I could have done on my own. Thank you to my fellow bloggers for linking to my posts.

Thank you all for reading.

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