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    • Paul
    • 08.05.06 | 12:45 (IDT)

    Israel and the jewish diaspora are growing more and more apart. Almost all the second generation Israelis I meet don't feel to have much in common with the diaspora jews. The "jewish" tradition are considered old-fashioned. More of a burden than something else. Recently I had to call an orthodox Rabbi in Israel for a wedding, he tried to reassure me that he will minimize all the jewish aspect of the ceremony, because he knows "the israeli youth" think it is old fashioned and boring. The Israel the jews from the diaspora are dreaming of, is not the Israel of the Israelis. But it is their country!! I wonder what will happen when most of the political elite of Israel will be sabarim?? Will they still feel related to their jewish relatives abroad? What is funny is the discriminatory practices in Israel against minorities to protect the "unique" Jewish nature of the country. And then on the otherhand the mockery at everything that is jewish or traditional.

    from the article: Alienated Jews
    First published 00:00 07.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 07.05.06
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