Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
Forgive me, chaverim, but the links post will return next week. Thanks for your understanding, and Shabbat shalom!
1. Some thoughts on Israel's new "Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People", which has thrown the government's relations with many minority communities, and to a degree, with Diaspora Jewish communities, into turmoil.
— Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) July 31, 2018
“Diaspora Jews, much to their frustration, have virtually no impact on Israel’s policies. If anything, the newly passed Jewish Nation-State law essentially codifies that fact. What remains to be seen is whether rank-and-file Israelis will begin to worry that Israel is following in the path of numerous European countries that, like the U.S., are in the grips of regimes with hard-right inclinations. Until a few days ago, there was little reason to believe that Israelis were ready to be roused. How ironic it would be if the detaining of a Conservative rabbi sparked the conversation that Israelis desperately need to have. The time is growing near when the Israeli people will have to decide what kind of country they seek to build.”
Source: Daniel Gordis, “Soul-Searching After a Rabbi Was Detained in Israel” (Bloomberg)
“It has become a cliche to call antisemitism the canary in the coalmine, an indicator of deeper problems and divisions in society. It is not a particularly welcome metaphor: it places Jews in the role of the canary, whose sole purpose is to die so that other, more valuable, lives might be saved. But it does speak to a deeper truth, which is that the antisemitism that has become embedded in the Labour party is not only a problem for Jewish people, and it should not only be Jews who stand against it. This is a problem for everyone.”
Source: Dave Rich, “Labour’s Antisemitism Code Exposes a Sickness in Jeremy Corbyn’s Party” (The Guardian)