Mourning and Celebrating Alone, in New York

Perhaps here in New York, unlike previous years in Tel Aviv, I will have the space to hurt on Memorial Day, and rejoice over Israel's existence, without someone checking to see if I'm doing so at the prescribed volume.

The signs for Israel's Independence Day are already decorating New York's Broadway thoroughfare from Columbus Circle and up to the Upper West Side. At every synagogue, next to the basket of kippot, is a stack of color pamphlets that promise to provide the neighborhood's Jews a variegated taste of the Israeli experience:...