This week exposed an uncomfortable truth that American Jews are just now beginning to wrestle with: Israel doesn’t care about American Jews.
Instead of trying to build a bridge across many thousands of miles, I suggest that those of us in the Diaspora think of ourselves as being at home.
Americans will have a chance to strike a blow against the Trump-Netanyahu partnership by electing a Congress that will fight for our goals and values.
While enthusiasm over Israel among the youth has dwindled, groups like Democratic Socialists of America have seen exploding numbers.
Ever since the late 1960s, Israel has played a central role in Jewish American identity. But for the first time in fifty years, this is changing.
This week, we asked our rabbis, “What are Jews? — a race, a religion, a culture, an ethnicity, a nation?” Here are their responses:
In some ways, the law prioritizes Diaspora Jews over non-Jewish Israeli citizens. But in other ways, Israeli law is antithetical to their values.
You have a place around the table where Jewish values are defined. You have a voice and a right to determine the Jewish values of the Jewish State.
I am a Jew. At the same time, I feel zero attachment, whatsoever, to the state of Israel.
While World Jews are extremely interested in and sensitive to Israel, members of the Israeli government often ignores and disrespects them.