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  • adj. Not observant; not religious; not participating in the observance of religion.

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  • adj. failing or refusing to observe religious customs


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  • Back when I was beginning my book about Hitler, I was talking about memory and revenge with my friend Gus, then a lawyer, now a judge; like me a secular, liberal, nonobservant, non-Zionist American-born Jew with no immediate family members murdered in the Holocaust.

    How the End Begins

  • The only problem was that I was Jewish, as my fundamentalist Christian mother had been for most of her life, and I was nonobservant at that.


  • The dispute in Beit Shemesh underscores a widening fault line in Israel between religiously devout and a majority of nonobservant Jews, a dispute often exacerbated by the powerful role of ultra-Orthodox political parties in Israeli governments.


  • Inevitably, as with all my nonobservant dead relatives, we had to rely on rent-a-rabbi.

    In the Fullness of Time

  • Fundamentalist preaching has turned them around very easily, because those nonobservant Muslims do not have the intellectual tools to refute what the fundamentalists say, which is, basically, If you are a true Muslim and you believe what is in the Quran, then start practicing it.


  • How can anyone be so nonobservant as to do something that could have such tragic consequences?

    Donate a little or a lot to Children's Hospital to help sick kids

  • Pilot Philip Ardery noted a dramatic increase in church attendance among previously nonobservant airmen.

    Miss Yourlovin: GIs, Gender, and Domesticity during World War II

  • He forcefully shepherded nonobservant Catholics back to the fold and reached out to Protestants and Jews.

    Miss Yourlovin: GIs, Gender, and Domesticity during World War II

  • Students who now enter preparatory programs for teaching are often lacking in fundamental knowledge of Hebrew, come from nonobservant homes, and are strongly influenced by experiences in Jewish camps, Israel programs, day schools, and youth groups.

    Hebrew Teachers Colleges in the United States.

  • The fact that she was a rather anomalous figure at the seminary — the founding and central institution of the Conservative Movement in Judaism — a Jew but nonobservant, a woman, and unmarried, were, in this context, assets rather than handicaps.

    Jessica Feingold.


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