Earlier, mortar shells were fired into Israeli territory in apparent spillover from Syria war.12:12 13.10.15 | 4 comments
The simple fact is that Jewish identity and Israeli identity are not one and the same. While many American Jews have strong affinities to Israel, we cannot fully appreciate the tie to the land felt by those who live there. The very freedoms which have made America a great haven for Jews have also proven highly corrosive to Jewish existence. Our open, pluralistic society facilitates cultural diffusion. The notion that a significant fraction of American Jews wil make aliyah is absurd. If the goal is to perpetuate Jewish culture and identity, I think that inculcating a tie to Israel is important, and the best way to do this is though birthright type programs, which bring young American Jews to Israel. These programs seem to have a profound effect on their participants. While I think the modern state of Israel has been a positive development for Jews, it is abundantly clear that this development is strongly linked to the evaporation of smaller Jewish communities around the world.