Last year I had the pleasure ofinterviewing a Swedish Zionist activist named Annika Henroth-Rothstein, who recounted her experience advocating for Israel in a country whose tiny Jewish population continues to dwindle due largely to a dangerous increase in antisemitism.
Recently Ms. Rothstein published aletter which she sent to a writer named Michel Gurfinkiel in response to his extremely important essayat Mosaic (published earlier this month) about the future of European Jewry. Here it is:
Dear Mr. Gurfinkiel,
On April 26 of this year, I was on a train with my five-year-old son Charlie. We were on our way to spend shabbat with friends in the city. You see, our town, significant in the history of Swedish Jewry, shut its synagogue in the late 90s. All that remains now is a plaque stating that there was once Jewish life here, while we are left with an hour-long…
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