Can Jews care too much about the rest of the world? Or, as Michael Chabon declares, are all boundaries between Jews and non-Jews untenable? And why has the American Jewish conversation on universalism and particularism turned so extreme?
Leon A. Morris
Rabbi Leon A. Morris is the President of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and the first alumnus to head the organization. He was formerly vice president for North American programs in Israel at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Twitter: @rabbileonmorris
The Federations' General Assembly will debate the growing gulf between U.S. and Israeli Jews. But each offers the other an important corrective: Israelis' growing parochialism needs restraining, and U.S. Jews need reminding America isn't their Zion
We are diminished Jews if we perpetuate a tribal identity primarily fueled by anti-Semitism rather than a Jewishness rich in content and creativity.
Israelis cannot allow our most sacred places to be controlled exclusively by a messianic, supremacist minority whose Judaism doesn't place human dignity at the center of Jewish life.
I understand why this triumphalist, intolerant freebie Haggadah was an attractive handout for preschool teachers around the country. But this Passover, let's dream of a different sort of rebuilt Jerusalem.
Liberal Judaism must be able to say 'this is the ideal we are striving for:' We can't always look to justify and sanctify exactly what most Jews currently do.
We need the faith to believe that this could be the best place and the best time in Jewish history to be a Jew.
I made aliyah this summer to an Israel that - like me - is somewhat disoriented and unclear of its future. This discordance is the perfect backdrop for both me and my new home to recreate ourselves in the new Jewish year.
When being culturally 'Jew-ish’ in America means little more than lox and bagels and a vague duty to repair the world, Israel should also be worried.