Thank you Rabbi Cosgrove for this important and thought provoking piece. Your questions merit deeper analysis than possible in this brief comment. The examples you bring almost encourage the non- conversation they are parochial and not equally compelling to both parties, hence from the outset there is not a meeting of equals in terms of the issues they raise. This is not judgmental simply reflects that our seder yom, our daily concerns are different. You note that from the outset the pilgrims and settlers in America including Jews sought a place that allowed if not celebrated religious freedom, but ironically in the arena where the separation between Church and State is so fundamental Judaism has become limited to a religion(predominantly Protestant at that). Judaism cannot be limited to religion or religious practice. The miracle of the establishment of the State of Israel as a Jewish State has afforded unprecedented examples of this. I believe the conversation will be much richer if we speak more about Jewishness and less about Judaism. We will find so many more compelling commonalities. Additionally we should employ the classical Chavruta model of learning and growing , where both parties are equally teacher and learner and join together in trust, honesty and mutual respect. Shalom
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from the article: Do American Jews and Israelis have anything to talk about?