Is Israeli Chutzpah Exportable?

A new book would like us to think so. In truth, what the Jewish state accomplishes is irreducibly particular.





Young Israeli Scouts on a group Passover trip on March 29, 2018. Roy Alima/Flash90.
Observation
Nov. 19 2019
About the author

Tamara Berens, a former Krauthammer Fellow at Mosaic, is the director of young professional programming at the Tikvah Fund.

Jews around the world celebrate the spring holiday of Lag ba’Omer with bonfires, barbeques, and music. In the Jewish state, bonfire-building assumes a unique form: children are given permission to trespass on construction sites and scavenge among the debris for combustible wood and other scrap materials—activities that middle-class American parents would likely regard as grossly hazardous and a sure sign of parental irresponsibility.

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