Why Israelis Should Still Feel Like Strangers, Even When They're Home

Building an Israeli identity that can encompass Israelis from ultra-Orthodox to post-Zionists may rest on a paradox: We are all at home, citizens of the Jewish state, but we must also feel that we are still in exile, as we have not yet arrived at the realization of our ideals.

Toward the end of his life, Freud remembered his 1904 journey to Athens to realize a life-long dream: The ascent to the Acropolis. Upon arriving on the Greek Temple Mount, Freud, however, confesses his confusion: "According to the evidence of my senses," he remembers, "I am now standing on the Acropolis, but," he continues, "I can’t believe it." Freud’s arrival in "sacred...