Hmm, Where Does That Leave Us?


Two new books are sitting on my desk, and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

One is by Aaron Klein, a young journalist who made aliyah from the U.S. and it catalogues a litany of woes facing Israel. Its title: “The Late Great State of Israel: How Enemies Within and Without Threaten the Jewish Nation’s Survival.”

Nothing new here, just the Iranian nuclear threat, Palestinian terrorism, internal Israeli division and corruption, etc.

Today I received a book from Israel by Rabbi Dr. Yehoshua Kemelman of Jerusalem. He explains that we are enduring “an epidemic of spiritual and national assimilation in the diaspora” and have lost six million Jews to intermarriage and assimilation since the Holocaust.

His book is called “Diaspora Is Jewry’s Graveyard.”

Read together, these books don’t seem to leave us much of an option.

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