Do American Jews and Israelis have anything to talk about?
Six million Jews in America, six million in Israel: We may be one people, but it’s far from clear we have a common language.
Not too long ago I was standing in line in a holiday resort in the Dominican Republic when a man in front of me bellowed at his son: “Yuval, atah honek et ha-tor” (“Yuval, you’re holding up the line”). Most American Jews have been here before: We overhear Hebrew, we discover a surreptitious Israeli in our midst, the Diaspora Jew’s sense of kinship is triggered. My daughter looked up at me,...
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