It’s simply not news that Jews often seek non-Jewish legitimacy. Which is why, even as an Orthodox Jew, I believe passionately that Jewish pride is more important than Jewish observance. Jewish self-esteem is the body within which the soul of Jewish observance must reside.
At Oxford, one student who had become religious balked at wearing a yarmulke around his friends. I told him: “I don’t care if you drive on the Sabbath or eat sweet-and-sour pork. Just do so with a yarmulke.”
A prouder, less insecure generation of Jews is replacing us. They walk with yarmulkes held high and tzitzit waving. They fight for Israel on campus, even when marginalized for doing so.