Every now and again, I come across various articles that attempt to deal with the problems facing the Jewish world in regard to the issue of "Who is a Jew?". What I always find surprising is how all these articles delve mightily into the conflict without ever dealing with what really is the essential question - "What is a Jew?" You can't deal with the definition of membership in a group without first defining the very nature of the group -- and yet this is what, it would seem, everyone dealing with this issue does. And while these two articles are not written by Orthodox individuals, the same critique applies to us as well.
Please take a look.
This is a point I make over and over again -- yet the problem continues. Maybe its time I just face it -- people really do not want to ask the 'What' question -- for then we would have to face the consequences of the answer.
Rabbi Ben Hecht