Jewschool, July 15, 2015



Israel became a centerpiece of Jewish identity following the trauma of the Holocaust – an identity which became more or less solidified following Israel’s military victory in the Six Day War. [...] I do believe that this narrative is in many ways a betrayal of a central narrative that has sustained the Jewish people for centuries: the story of a people born out of the ashes of a Temple destroyed by the world’s mightiest empire – who responded by creating a tradition rooted in an allegiance to a Power yet greater than any human power.

[...] [V]irtually every synagogue in America has a US and Israeli flag on either side of the Aron Kodesh [...].In other words, in our most sacred Jewish spaces, we are literally bowing down to physical symbols of national power. [...] To my my mind, it is nothing short of idolatry