“The Jewish state builds my Jewish identity even if I spend my whole life in Los Angeles or New York or Miami.”
Source: Gil Troy, quoted in Jewish Journal in a discussion occasioned by the publication of his new anthology The Zionist Ideas.
And a brief note: I’m going to be taking a brief blogging break, so there will be no “Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links” posted this week. In the meantime, you may wish to read more “words of the week”—from my own keyboard—in the form of my latest “View from the USA” column for the UK’s Jewish Chronicle. L’hitraot (“until we meet again”).
“We see this weekend as the continuation of a tragedy that has not brought the people of Israel and Gaza any closer to a future of peace and hope for all of their children. As the Boston Jewish community continues to celebrate the Passover holiday this week, we are mindful of the lessons learned at our seders, that we do not rejoice over the tragedy of others and we are ever hopeful for peace and stability for all people.”
Source: JCRC of Greater Boston Statement on Events Along the Gaza Border
“To the uninformed, all of these things may feel like they are true. But they are not. With a bit more research, Weisman would have learned what is actually going on in the Jewish community and penned a valuable book about a critical topic.”
Source: Mik Moore, “The Truthiness About Being Jewish in the Age of Trump”
“If I was to look at America through the unforgiving prism those loud, marginal If-Not-Nowers use for viewing Israel, I would call my American friends and yell: ‘What kind of a country do you live in? Is that all there is? The underclass and the overclass? How did America get so broken and break for so many people? Maybe “America really ain’t a good idea.”‘
Instead, I still believe in America, like I still believe in Israel. I believe both have serious problems, but also believe that both have serious resources, including tremendous creativity and goodwill, to solve them. And I’d rather be a Jewish and American Voice for Balance than a screechy crank whose extremism today guarantees irrelevance and just more anger tomorrow.”
Source: Gil Troy, “Love of Israel, America, Can Take on Many Forms” (The Jerusalem Post)
“She had only been there that one summer after the war, and she said the streets were filled with a fantastic energy, and everyone was singing ‘Jerusalem of Gold,’ celebrating the fact that they could return to the Western Wall and explore the ancient alleyways of our forefathers and mothers…the places that the poets and the sages wept and dreamed over, the very place where our exile began 2000 years ago.”
Source: Sarah Tuttle-Singer, Jerusalem, Dream and Quartered: A Year Spent Living in the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters of Old Jerusalem (cross-posted as the “Sunday Sentence” on the Practicing Writing blog)
“The new state was sealed north, east, and south by hostile borders and washed on the west by the merciful Mediterranean—the sea into which its children dove as if into the arms of complete freedom and from which they learned the audacity they made their trademark, and into which Fanya never stepped after she saw a jellyfish floating in its waters.”
Source: Rachel Kadish, From a Sealed Room
(Cross-posted on Practicing Writing as a “Sunday Sentence”)