An important video & addressed to anyone feeling disconnected... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smadar
    • 09.09.09 | 18:21 (IDT)

    Living in the Diaspora for 42 years now and having emigrated with my parents from Israel in 1967, this whole notion of assimilation and disconnection from Judaism, the community and Israel has been an obvious concern and it's part of reality. But most vulnerable is that individual who grew up in the environment not making the efforts or having the pride in one's background and continues not to make the efforts of what it means to belong. I think any individual, whether born Jewish or converted Jew should be fully accepted into the community and it's not the Orthodox community which should solely give that designation. Collectively, assimilation has a significant impact on the Diaspora community but on an individual basis there has to be an understanding and we can't be judgmental about peoples' varied life circumstances. Also, if peace in the ME becomes a reality, then there are greater chances of having close affinity and belonging to the Jewish state or even making aliyah.

    from the article: 'Lost Jews' video shows Israeli chutzpah towards Diaspora Jewry
    First published 17:14 08.09.09 | Last updated 10:15 09.09.09
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