Long-festering strains between the world’s two largest communities jeopardize the prospects of a shared Jewish future. Here’s a way forward.
The Warner brothers.
From some of its founding ideas to some of its most thoughtful and essential institutions, American Jews have given the Jewish state much to be proud of.
In the 20th century the American Jewish community was the world’s largest and strongest, and helped establish and protect the Jewish state. The 21st century will be different.
From the founding years to the recent years of strength, American Jews have always seen in Israel what they wanted to, not what was necessarily there.
There are more Israeli Jews than ever, so they need American Jews less. And they don’t all look European, so American Jews might have trouble seeing them as “my people.”
In recent years they’ve let go of both ancient communal memory and recent political memory. No wonder they’re now letting go of Israel.
A religious movement that combines tradition with modernity—and, above all, community—offers a way to lead a full Jewish life in today’s United States.
As revealed in a recent controversy at a prominent Manhattan synagogue, some rabbis would foist criticism of Israel on their congregants.
Having been precluded from owning property in the Old World, many American Jews embraced real estate as a proud symbol of newly won freedom.