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
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Tamara Berens is a Krauthammer fellow at Mosaic.


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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