Thursday, May 08, 2008

Israel is 60

It's hard to believe that the modern state of Israel is only 60 years old. Today is the anniversary of the signing of the declaration of independence of Israel. As long as I've been alive, Israel has been there: the good, the bad, and the ugly. As a Jew, it's wonderful knowing that somewhere in the world, there is a place where being Jewish isn't strange or odd. A place that is home. On the other hand, there are plenty of things about Israel that are troublesome, the situation with the Palestinians being one of them. I haven't been to Israel since 1977, so my feelings and internal pictures of Israel aren't very current. Clearly, Israel is important to me in that I am a Jew. It is the place that Judaism started, and a place where much of Jewish history took place. On the other hand, it is just that: a place. Being Jewish, in my mind, is more an internal thing. I can be Jewish here, I can be Jewish someplace else, I can be Jewish in Israel.

In any event, here is a link to a very interesting article that discusses some of the complexities and contradictions at Israel's 60th birthday.

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