Today’s letters: Honouring those who make sacrifices on behalf of the Jewish people
Re: Born In America, Dying For Israel, Allison Benedikt, July 24.
The connection between Jews, regardless of whether they are religious or secular, is that of an extended family. We may quarrel amongst ourselves — disagreeing on political issues, espousing various degrees of belief in the Torah — and still we invite our fellow Jews into our homes, even if we argue. This is what Jews do. I wish all people could do the same.
Birthright is such an invitation, no more, no less. And for those who went on Birthright, such as my eldest daughter, it was a trip of a lifetime. Any trip that awakens the feeling of belonging and family will have a different effect on different people. For some, Birthright may awaken the need to participate in the Jewish community in a deeper way, perhaps religiously, perhaps by doing some humanitarian service, or joining the Israel…
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