Parade Observations
Tue, 06/01/2010

Having watched the Israel Day Parade on May 23, I concur with your observation that it was primarily an Orthodox event (“Israel Parade: Missing In Action,” Editorial, May 28).

However, I find the tone of your editorial and its underlying message to be divisive and polarizing. You rationalize the lack of participation on the part of Jews who are less parochial or not as conservative politically. You don’t say that they should be made to realize that Israel, by its existence, is an advocate for Jews the world over, a haven for Jews who have been persecuted in various times and places, and an invaluable ally to this country.
Instead of a call to action based on these concepts, you bemoan the possibility that the Orthodox will take over. Reform or liberal Jews should not be motivated to support Israel based on internecine rivalries or power struggles. That’s an agenda that serves no good to Israel or Jews in the diaspora.

 

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The lack of attendance by non-orthodox Jews at the Israel Day parade is hardly surprising. All we read about is the alienation of young non-orthodox Jews, the bitter self-haters of Haaretz and the jokers at J Street. Why should they come and support Israel? There's far greater traction in turning into the enemy within. While Israel was indeed founded by Jews who weren't Orthodox, and Rav Kook wrote extensively on their place in the world to come, there is nothing to suggest that the non-Orthodox American Jews will play any meaningful role in the Israel of the future, other than as perennial gadflies and irritating critics. People who have such little respect and affinity for their own faith and religion that they intermarry, can hardly be counted upon to support the ultimate religiouos entity - the Jewish State.

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