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    • Aaron Levitt
    • 08.05.06 | 05:24 (IDT)

    I care about Israeli Jews because I care about Jews. While I would hope that they feel the same, it's their own loss if they don't. For those of us who care about our Jewish identity, including Israelis, the kind of "Jewish" we care about evolved over centuries in the Diaspora, in tension and synthesis with our host cultures (not very good hosts, often, but so it goes). Unless one's idea of a dynamic culture is animal sacrifice and a rather dull temple cult, it's hard to see why one would think that isolating Jews in a single location should produce anything particularly interesting. I hope it's true that Israeli Jews are beginning to recognize the worth of their non-Jewish national partners. There's no reason that should undermine their regard for their fellow Jews. Only folks with a very unhealthy view of the worth of their own heritage and identity would experience this as a conflict. Judaism, like most things, is what you make of it.

    from the article: Alienated Jews
    First published 00:00 07.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 07.05.06
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