Encouraging Aliya – insensitive?
The videos produced by the Absorption Department encouraging Israelis in North America to return to Israel, ignited a controversy. Within a few days the Prime Minister himself ordered the campaign to be cancelled.
Yet in the meantime, an interesting and important dialogue had begun to open up. Were the commercials really so offensive? Or were they mainly touching on a subject that itself is terribly sensitive yet crucial: What is the value of Jewish life in Israel as compared to the Diaspora? Indeed, how do we define a valuable Jewish life?
Over the next few days we shall be publishing short responses, so as to encourage the beginning of a meaningful dialogue.