Patrick's Day nor spend millions to make sure that every Catholic child decorates an Easter egg.

I remember as a teenager in the early 1960s sitting through sermons where our rabbi pontificated on the various solutions to The Problem. A fondness for kreplach and klezmer and Isaac Bashevis Singer? They don't strive to inculcate in their children a love for Catholic culture.

Yet exactly what is the Jewish leadership trying to perpetuate? They don't try to whip up enthusiasm for the celebration of St.

Since the vast majority of American Jews are of Ashkenazic descent, this means that 25% of the descendants of European Jews who resisted the blandishments and threats of Christianity for some sixty generations, often at the cost of their lives, are now voluntary apostates.

American Jews have been occupied for four decades in a desperate attempt to stay the tide of assimilation and intermarriage (not to even speak of their more hideous confrere: conversion).

Cut flowers are doomed to die because they are severed from their roots, just as Jewish culture has been severed from its roots in the Jewish religion.

The solution is obvious: reclaim the religious roots of Jewish culture.

I particularly loved the arresting fragrance of gardenias; in early spring, I couldn't resist buying gardenia plants, laden with two or three beautiful white flowers and a dozen buds, usually offered for .95 at Woolworths.

I would take my plant home, position it in a window with eastern exposure, water it copiously, and wait for the buds to open.

Her Bubbie spoke Yiddish, made blintzes from scratch, and devoutly attended Friday night services every Shabbat.