Birthright Israel tours are insulting young Jews’ intelligence

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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