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    • Bobby
    • 07.05.06 | 23:11 (IDT)

    I have had many interactions with religious and secular Israelis. I came to a realization early on that Israelis are no longer Jews in the historical sense. This is more the case with secular Israelis than the religious, but it may hold for them as well. The Jewish people were defined by the diaspora. In some communities, Jew were or were close to a majority, but in reality, Jews were always a minority -- sometimes accepted, sometimes tolerated and sometimes despised. The sociological and psychotic transitions shaped the Jewish psyche, culture and perspective. Separate by religion and often by neighborhood, the Jewish people developed different languages, different foods and different customs. Face Jerusalem to pray, get home for Shabbat, and don't eat that food, to study harder to get ahead. Go into medicine, accounting, that is no job for a nice Jewish boy or girl. Long for the theoretical Israel and Jerusalem. The Israeli Jew does not worry about being the minority,

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