Houdini’s was the prototypically self-made American tale. But even while turning himself into the world’s greatest breaker of constraints, he remained a proudly identified Jew.
Does Jewish morality require Israel to leave the West Bank?
With the recent death of the unrepentant spy, his story, along with that of other American Jews steeped in Communism, can finally be told.
Of course violent attacks on ḥasidic Jews are anti-Semitic.
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.