How an English Jew Grew Up to Consider Himself an American at Heart

When Roger Bennett’s great-grandfather left the Ukrainian mega-shtetl of Berdichev, he had planned to make his way to Chicago, where he hoped to ply his trade as a kosher butcher in a thriving city with a sizeable Jewish community. But as fate would have it, he instead settled in Liverpool, a city long past its Industrial Revolution-era boom years—a story not unlike those told by many Liverpudlian Jewish families. Bennett describes how that family history shaped his conviction that he was “born an American trapped in an Englishman’s body” in 1970, after his family had reached the middle class:

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More about: American Jewry, British Jewry, Immigration

Israel Must Choose the Right Friends in Asia

In the past few decades, the Jewish state has vastly expanded its diplomatic, economic, and sometimes military ties with South and East Asia, while doing its best to stay away from the conflicts that divide the countries in the region. Daniel Samet surveys the potential for these relationships, urging Jerusalem to avoid deepening cooperation with China and instead to focus on cultivating further its alliances-in-the-making with China’s competitors:

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More about: India, Israel diplomacy, Israel-China relations