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    • Dee Dee
    • 02.12.11 | 19:22 (IST)

    I am not American or Israeli by birth, but I lived in Israel for 7 years and now live in the USA. I find American Jews in many ways more engaged in their Jewish identity than I find many Israelis I encountered living in Israel. Many of us olim who came to Israel with a strong Jewish identity, felt we didn't need to feel as strongly since we were living in Israel. So I stopped keeping a kosher home for eg. I take far greater effort in being Jewish here in the US, than I ever did in Israel where to just live in israel with so many challenges feels like enough to prove/feel we are Jews.

    from the article: Controversial commercials highlight historic balancing act between Israel and American Jews
    First published 13:59 02.12.11 | Last updated 13:59 02.12.11
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