March 6, 2006

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
Phoenix, Sedona, a Jew in Arizona....

This column got an unusually strong (mostly positive) reaction this week: I suggest Jewish insiders take the occasional vacation from their Yiddishkeit:

No doubt the Jewish community has its challenges, and I don’t mean to belittle them. But sometimes you have to step outside yourself to get some perspective. That might sound strange at a time when we worry — with reason — that so many Jews have stepped so far outside their traditions that they may never come back.

What I am suggesting is that Jewish insiders take a little vacation now and then from their communities and traditions. Make it long enough so that you start seeing the world with someone else’s eyes — and short enough that you don’t forget how to get home. If you can afford the gas, you’ll be amazed at what you see.

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