The Israeli Ministry of Absorption ran a campaign to bring Israelis back to Israel - uproar - the campaign was canned. But what of the underlying issues? What/where is valuable Jewish life? Here we share the views of leaders from the States and Israel.
So what happens next? Dafna comes home, feeling homesick, and tunes into Yom HaZikaron on her computer. Her boyfriend doesn’t get it. That’s the first 20 seconds of their evening together. What happens next? We’re inviting you to send us the ensuing dialogue between them.
Dear Israel:Sorry to say it but you reacted to our American Jewish anger by wimping out. Your videos made us feel guilty and forced us to confront what we hate to confront, that being a Jew in America is easy and maybe, just maybe a cop out.
In his poem “Love Song” the great poet Rilke sought to give expression to the affections of two lovers, separate yet fused together at the soul.
Famously, he employs the image of violin strings, writing “everything that touches us, me and you, touches us together like a violin’s bow, which draws one voice out of two separate strings.” (more…)
From my perspective, the “Come Home” videos suggest a profound indictment of Jewish education and identity formation in Israeli secular culture. (more…)