Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Boosterism Inside Out
One the other hand, as I sat there and listened, I wondered what this had to do with me. Does an American Jew, born in America, reared as an American, owe special allegiance to Israel, either on the side of boosterism, or its opposite. Do Italian-Americans lament Italy's internal affairs? The answer: no; most are unaware exactly how Italians govern themselves. As I sat there listening to politics, I wondered, where is God? Where is the attempt to reinvigorate a synagogue scene that is often stale and muted?
People should be doing back flips for joy of HaShem. Well, ideally. We should integrate more halakah into our lives and always try to see ourselves as projections of HaShem. There should be more to this enterprise known as Judaism than support or condemnation of another nation's internal policies.
Such issues are important. Don't get me wrong. But boosting the souls of American Jews, in my opinion, ranks a bit higher.