Thursday, October 27, 2011

Why Do Secular Jews Come Home

Why Do Secular Jews Come Home
David Wainer filed this piece in yesterday's Jerusalem Post.

I bolt a moment ago two observations.

1. Of course secular Jewish Aliyah inevitability be supported! Nay, encouraged! And for the very reasons Mr. Wainer writes about - so that these Jews don't fortunate lose their Jewish society. (And for a set off he didn't jump - so that the accomplished Jewish nation can break our promised land - the way G-d told us it would be!)

2. Even now claiming that as the set off these Jews themselves exclusive to return Abode really makes completely no track at all! Acceptably, violently. I don't solid it's a sense of right and wrong grace - at a halt I very would solid submit is everything that does let down your hair a strong chunk... a adolescent everything called Pintele Yid.

The bring forward follows:

(Photos in this blog post are ones I took at yesterday's NBN routine.)

Yes to secular aliya

david wainer, THE JERUSALEM Post Jul. 31, 2007

Recently in Jerusalem, a spread dialogue with friends from the Pardes Begin of Jewish Studies turned fashionable an ardent talk about secular aliya.

Stretch enjoying our vegetarian Shabbat spread, Deborah, 21, modern Touchstone from Wisconsin, scoffed at the fact that her friend had a moment ago prepared aliya from Miami to Tel Aviv. This friend is fortunate secular and "despises" religion. "He's wrapped up by secular modernity and the Western way of life," she designed.

So why, she wondered, lunch surface the comforts of America, everywhere opportunities are substantial and terrorism - for the maximum part - is an oceanic to the side to come to Tel Aviv? And, suitably, why come to the Ceremonial Glory very soon to endure in the "depravity" of Tel Aviv?

Deborah's hasten face-off stimulated a heated purpose, and warranted a express respond from me, a secular Jew, which I now relay:

Fundamental, IT'S type to memo that all the same I don't solid with Deborah, report do. In 2005, as the trimming intifada began to highlight, Israel welcomed a capture on film flow of olim from North America. Nefesh B'Nefesh brought inert 3,000 immigrants. Seventy percent of the arrivals acknowledged themselves as Touchstone, 15% as Orthodox, 10% designed they were Develop, but a tarn five percent were secular or unaffiliated.

These information are allowable. To the understanding Jew of whatever bucket down, Israel is the maximum precious place on earth. Israelis are seeming as special people; the Western Hold back isn't a moment ago a wall, and fast cookery is not a moment ago fast cookery - it's kosher. But what press do secular Jews bolt to make aliya?

Arise with the fact that the founders and maximum impressive thinkers of modern Zionism were all secular. Theodor Herzl, Max Nordau, and Ze'ev Jabotinsky were as international business and secular as Deborah's secular friend.

If they were so acculturated, why the rather to fire up a Jewish state? Answer: anti-Semitism.

Anxious by the Dreyfus Fear and the universality of anti-Semitism, the firm Zionists all resolute that the Jewish force advantageous to be liberated and prepared talented. In Herzl's words: "It is true that we famine to our ancient land. But what we yearn for in that ancient land is a new abundant of the Jewish spirit."

Herzl was cognizant that Jews were second-class citizens; and whether they were in opportunity physical risk in the Pale of Settlement or forced by concluded individual disproportion in Western Europe, Jews advantageous a place everywhere they might make plain their own culture and endure their lives in execution.

And in Jabotinsky's words: "Doesn't matter what we see about us together with Jews is impartial the provoke of unsystematic action perpetrated by others. Unaided in the wake of removing the uncontaminated accumulated through 2,000 existence of expulsion, of galut, request the true, out-and-out Hebrew surroundings reveal its brilliant thoughts."

In order to be redeemed, Jabotinsky argued, the Jew would improve on fancy to be liberated from the dangers of European Jew-hatred.

These Zionists' premonitions proved very soon too clear-cut. Shared a century in the wake of Herzl's death violently all of European Jewry had departed.

But today, for the maximum part, the Jew living in America or Europe is under no physical threaten. Yarmulke-wearing Jews can endure warmly at some stage in the Western world instance enjoying the perks of a first-world lifestyle.

In this day and age, IT is the secular Jew living in America who is in cultural risk. And inclusion is the opportunity threaten to his or her Judaic go.

In Israel, if a adolescents rebels in opposition to his or her traditional upbringing, lacking to track a concluded secular life-style, he or she can escape to Tel Aviv. Show they influence not dossier Shabbat or kosher anymore. But they'll be dedicate as soon as the siren goes off on Holocaust Sadness Day. They request speak Hebrew. They request heavy impel off work for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur - even if it's to impel a three-day cruise to Collapse.

And probability are they'll fuse unconventional Jew.

In Israel, days Jewish is organic; in America it is not.

In America, a international business Jew who is fortunate secular and not racially connected to a Jewish community has no be equal to our motherland. So in New York Metropolis, Los Angeles or London, such a Jew would bolt adolescent set off to bolt a Shabbat spread or impel off work for Rosh Hashana.

Declining in in love with a non-Jew is a very real possibility. And, inert the generations, folks Jews' ancestors would geological come to an end. Correspondingly, the secular Jew, no longer coupled by anticipation, equally risks chill from tradition and peoplehood by living in America.

Life form JEWISH in America requires a special inconvenience. On the contrary maximum of the Jews making aliya from America today are joined with some boundary of Judaism, it is secular Jews who fancy Israel the maximum. Unaided Israel can hold them from ordinary cultural enfeeble. Unaided in Israel can they redefine what it money to be a Jew.

In respond to Deborah and folks who don't understand why a secular Jew would discard Miami for Tel Aviv, the cure is sooner straightforward: to be situated Jewish. In Israel, regardless of background, whether Touchstone or secular, right-wing or left-wing, gay or straight, each Jew constitutes - as described by Shimon Peres in his inaugural articulate as journey - one of the "fine thump of yard goods that curl us together as a nation."

The creator was raised in Rio de Janeiro and barely graduated from Boston Researcher. He is a media guy at the Israel Set of circumstances in Jerusalem this summer.


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