I wanted to express my understanding and agreement with A.B. Yehoshua's view of Israel vs. the diaspora. As an American living in Australia and visiting Israel for the first time at age 65, I understood that one could be a secular jew in Israel and pass on this cultural heritage to ones children. However, outside Israel this is not an easy task. My own family is a good example of the dilemma facing assimilated jews. Of my eight neices and nephews perhaps two will see themselves and their children as jewish. The rest will be Americans with little or no religious or secular tie to judaism. It was in Tel Aviv that I first felt the force of a jewish cultural, social and economic world around me. I felt both at home and also an outsider. At this time, my twenty year old son is travelling with friends in Israel and I will be anxious to hear his views on this subject. It would do all of us in the diaspora well to discuss and understand this issue.
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