Where Israeli and Diaspora Judaism Part Ways
I have been arguing the main points of both authors as you describe them. But I cannot read these articles because they are in Hebrew. Is there anyway for them to be translated- lets say to English?
The question of language aside, I want to claim that on an ideological level these two articles are largely irrelevant to Diaspora Jews who live in a Western democratic society and not in a ghetto.
Beyond the desire to stay abreast of what is happening in the cultural and religious scene in Israel, both Avi Picard and Yoav Sorek are describing trends and hopes for a sovereign Jewish society. Diaspora Judaism can be full of meaning and purpose, but it will always be a minority religious culture whose main avenues of expression will be within the frameworks of communal institutions, events, and the homes of its members.
There may be a seder in the White House, but that doesn’t make the possibility of a dynamic Jewish religious culture outside of the Jewish community’s four cubits any more possible.