Israel and the Diaspora: A Reconstructionist Reconsideration of Zionism

By David A. Teutsch

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Spring 1998

The author argues that the current, critical image of Israel has a significant negative impact on American Jews' identification with Jewish peoplehood. He believes Israelis find most American Jews ignorant about Judaism and Jewishness. The author argues that Israelis need to create a form of Reconstructionist Judaism that reflects their social situation. This should be accomplished in part by sending professional and lay leaders as well as young people to visit, work and study in Israel. The author advocates a more mature long-term relationship between American and Israeli Jews. This will require mutual listening, openness to criticism, and empathy for the differences between them.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Peoplehood, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Reconstructionist Judaism, Israel Attachment, Israel Experience

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.62/No.2

Page Number(s): 48-54

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Teutsch, David A. Israel and the Diaspora: A Reconstructionist Reconsideration of Zionism. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Spring 1998: 48-54. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4418


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