At yesterday's Shabbat/Chanukka/my son's b-day dinner at a friend's father's house, of course we discussed all these issues which concern our community and Israel. The father (a former Palmach veteran and child survivor (orphan from Lodz,Poland) of the Holocaust) and the other two families, do indeed follow the mantra of it's always us against "them" and somewhat thrive on this mentality of distrust, in my opinion. This type of scaremongering draws some people to the right-wing's "worldly" stance. Well, I was gracious and didn't really argue but understand where their worldview stems from given the European experiences. And it was even at one point when the comment was made that discourse towards world Jewry unites the Jewish people. However, on the other hand, this observant elderly grandfather, did provide a rationalized explanation to the development of the guidelines of the Torah in conjunction with the logic of its practices. Nevertheless, despite our differences we all had good practice of our Hebrew - of three generations directly connected to Israel.
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