Thursday, January 21, 2010

Chat about Israel

I have far more to tell about my adventure in Israel than any blog post could contain. As such, I hope you will be satisfied with the "Caves of Midras" story and this one, in which I chat with one of my friends from the tour group about the legacy that experience had on my sense of identity.

How was your flight back to America?

nice-i just got back from israel
so sad
it was fine

I'm kind of glad to be out of Israel.
It isn't that I'm not proud of my Jewish heritage, but I don't feel at home there.
America is my home.
Or if you want to be very specific, the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area are my two homes.

ya i get it...i felt the same way
i loved it but not home for sure

They were definitely trying to impart on us the idea that this was our home.

well ya our home in the sense of jews

A critical part of the Zionist ideology (at least among the more radical elements) is that all Jews are, on a fundamental level, only "home" when they reside in Israel.

like you can always go there and be amongst your people
doesn't mean you will feel at home there

Those who dwell in other countries are thus perceived as being exiled.
To me, though, I consider Americans to be my people.
Being Jewish is an important part of my identity, but it doesn't define it.
I view my relationship with Israel similarly to how an Irish-American views his relationship with Ireland - it's a place where I have a strong ethnic connection, but ultimately, it isn't the land with which I identify myself.
Am I making sense or being too preachy?
Sorry if it's the latter.

no i totally agree
i feel the same way

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