Daniel Gordis is the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem and the author, most recently, of We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel.
In Israel and in traditional communities, life and liturgy don’t run away from hardship. Most American Jews prefer to think on the brighter side, but that comes at a high cost.
The scholar and commentator drops by the studio to illuminate what the divide is about, what it’s not about, and what it all means.
Daniel Gordis and Elliott Abrams debate the proper response to the Israeli government’s recent decisions on prayer at the Western Wall and conversion to Judaism.
From some of its founding ideas to some of its most thoughtful and essential institutions, American Jews have given the Jewish state much to be proud of.
It’s not about what Israel does. It’s about what, to their minds, Israel is.
In recent years they’ve let go of both ancient communal memory and recent political memory. No wonder they’re now letting go of Israel.