People in Glass Houses

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  1. Ori Pomerantz says:

    I am one of those former Israelis with the talents and wherewithals who opted for a less threatening place to live. Eight years later, I am really happy with my decision to live in the US.

    I also think that Israel is better off without me. Israel will not survive without a population that is willing to pay in blood, sweat, and tears. Israel will not survive without being ruthless when necessary. People who are unwilling to pay the price have no business living in a beseiged western outpost in the middle east.

  2. Chareidi Leumi says:

    “But being Jewish provides neither meaning nor purpose to the lives of most Israeli Jews.”

    This assessment is questionable at best. The vast majority of Israeli Jews, we’re talking in the area of 90%, have a Pesach sedar and observe, to some extent or another, most Jewish holidays. Succas and Chanuka menoras can be seen everyone, even in the most non-orhtodox neighborhoods. Of course there is a hardcore minority of viscously anti-religious Jews here, but that minority does not justify Rabbi Rosenblum’s statement above.

    The truth is that there is an amazing undercurrent of spirituality and Jewishness running through the Jews here. Quite unlike what you find among the vast majority of Jews in the US.

  3. Reb Yid says:

    The reason why Israel did not factor into the voting of the Penn students is simple–by and large, most U.S. Representatives and Senators are supportive of Israel, regardless of party affiliation.

    It’s a non-issue, but not the way that JR would have you believe it.

    On the other hand, there were very clear distinctions between most Republicans and Democrats on other significant issues such as Iraq. Congressional ethics were also very important–and the party that was in control bore the majority of the blame for that (and suffered accordingly at the ballot box).

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