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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Why live in Israel?

I was sent this link over the holiday and had to pass it on. It's from Daniel Gordis, one of the better writers on the Israeli blogosphere.

Hat Tip: Dave Bender


At 6:32 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Daniel Gordis' answer isn't the most obvious one but it gives hope for Israel's survival. The secret is every Jew cares for every other Jew. At the end of the day, Israel is really one big family. It doesn't matter if you aren't related to someone else and if you are married in Israel, you probably know someone who does know your spouse. There's literally no room to escape in such a small country because no one is every truly left alone. No other country in the world would give a man like Gilad Shalit its full concern. That's a good enough reason for Jew to live in Israel. His fate will there will never be one of complete indifference to his brethren!

At 10:49 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I seldom post twice to a blog author moderated thread but I think this one bears exception.

David Brooks brings some insights as to "Why Live In Israel?" As I already observed, its the small size of the country and the feeling of being part of an extended family. Israelis feel that no matter what their differences are and along with the acute struggle to survive in a bad neighborhood comes a strong sense of national responsibility. You don't see Israel's neighbors being critical of themselves the way Jews are. Israelis are assertive and argumentative for good reason.

A Loud And Promised Land Brooks answers the "Why Live In Israel" question - well as much things may stay the same, Jews always make their country look different tomorrow.

Read it all.

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


The only reason I am moderating is to keep the spam comments out. Blogger has no spam bots and no way to ban people. By moderating all threads that are more than a day old, I can keep out the spam comments (there are probably hundreds of them in older threads that preceded my discovery of the problem).

By the way, most of them are in Chinese.

At 7:45 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - I've noticed. Its unfortunate spam is a part of life and every one hates it. I've tried to keep my comments on topic. As for the Chinese, its a major problem and you do what you can to keep it under control. There are better things you could spend your time with but its your blog and we would all like to enjoy it for years to come. Thanks for your kind words.


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