As a travel writer with a passion for Jewish history, Ben Frank is the perfect person to have undertaken the task. He eventually visited 89 Jewish communities. I interviewed him to learn more about his fascinating journey.
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In Jews and Words, Oz, a novelist and professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University, and his daughter provide a unique -- and controversial -- answer to the question, "Who is a Jew?"
I personally do not know what it means to be a complete or a partial Jew; moreover, I reject any demand that I need to live a full rather than a partial Jewish existence.
It's as though the Diaspora community has now created its own culture wars, and there doesn't seem to be any momentum against them. All of this moves people away from the critical issues at hand.
I wish I could provide a happy ending to the story. I can't. The divide is great. Much work needs to be done and Siach was an important first step. But there is a seed of hope
What Israel means to me at the moment is the fact of Jews persecuting other Jews for speaking out and affirming the traditions of the past, of being "Old Jews" rather than "New Jews."
There is something very strange and more than a little frustrating for a reporter used to being on the frontlines to experience a war in Israel from a...
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