Birthright Israel tours are insulting young Jews’ intelligence

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I did an extremely rash thing last week, promising this column would, for once, not just be about criticism, but also try and propose ideas for bridging the widening chasm between a young generation of American Jews and their counterparts in Israel. Thinking about it over the last few days, and actually sitting down now to write it, I feel all of a sudden very presumptuous.

After all, everyone’s a critic, but to set out an actual program, even in the most noncommittal form of a newspaper article, feels like the kind of thing that you need a track record of decades of experience to do, but as Rabbi Nahman may have said − if you believe you can ruin, believe you can also mend. Let’s see if I can actually write something constructive. How do we build the bridge?

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Posted by Jasmin on Friday, April 29th, 2011. Filed under Jewish News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

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