Actually, we are simply Jews who can't throw a decent Purim party. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    Any American Jew who has spent significant time in Israel and who speaks Hebrew well (as I do), knows that Yehoshua has a point. I am more deeply connected to the history of the Jewish people buying a coke from a makolet in Israel than I am after three hours of traditional services here. But that doesn't make me a partial Jew. It just makes me a Jew who has to use my vacation time for Passover. It is true that American Jews can't throw a decent Purim parade but it's also true that I can lead services here as a woman without having my synagogue burned down by other Jews. Israelis may have a monopoly on fun secular Jewish activities, like going to the beach for Rosh Hashana, but your religious options outside of Orthodoxy are pitiful and you have lost (for good or ill) your sensitivity to minorities that we retain as a minority here. American Jews are egomaniacs. We crave affirmation from Israelis and demand it in large quantities whenever an Israeli is within range. We give Israel money and political support and in return we want to hear that you are grateful and that you like us and that you will always be there for us. It's a dysfunctional relationship all around. Given how most Israeli leaders always tell American Jews exactly what they want to hear, Yehoshua is a splash of cold water.. He's wrong, but it's silly to be offended by someone who knows everything about Israel but very little about Diaspora life.

    from the article: A.B. Yehoshua: Americans, unlike Israelis, are only partial Jews
    First published 00:34 18.03.12 | Last updated 00:34 18.03.12
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