The Answer to the Israel-Diaspora Malady Lies Not in Better Organizations But in More Committed Jews

Are Jews one people? If they truly are, plenty of institutions exist—or could be reoriented—to further their shared values. If not, not.

The Jerusalem headquarters of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Nir Alon/Alamy Stock Photo.

The Jerusalem headquarters of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Nir Alon/Alamy Stock Photo.

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July 26 2018
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Ammiel Hirsch is the senior rabbi of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City and the former executive director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America.


Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy are not the first to describe the challenges to the relationship between Israel and the diaspora, but in their Mosaic essay they have done so in a particularly lucid and compelling way. For this reason alone, we owe them gratitude. Even more: where most diagnosticians are content just to analyze the illness correctly, Sharansky and Troy not only diagnose, they also prescribe.

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