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The Rogen Affair: Did Daniel Gordis Miss the Mark?

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09.09.2020

The month long train of reactions to Seth Rogen’s explosive comments about the State of Israel, and the paucity of the Israel education he received as a youngster, have been fairly predictable. On the one hand, we’ve seen one camp decry the fact that someone could say such things, either because Israel education isn’t what is once was, or attempt to claim that Rogen is an outlier. Similarly, we’ve seen others embrace his remarks in their entirety either as a smokescreen for their own anti-Israel sentiment or as unmitigated proof that most Jewish youngsters are beginning to develop similar sentiments (“What Seth Rogen said is par for the course among our generation and the Israeli government has to wake up and see that their actions have consequences,” said Yonah Lieberman from If Not Now).

I’m glad that we have some adults in the room who are able to compose more nuanced responses, significantly more thoughtful than most of the knee-jerk reactions that we have seen from both “sides”. Undoubtedly, some of Rogen’s remarks were remarkably unintelligent, but the general direction of his comments deserved a closer inspection than most responses have provided.

The general direction of his comments deserved a closer inspection than most responses have provided

The general direction of his comments deserved a closer inspection than most responses have provided

Daniel Gordis has hit the nail on the head in so many ways in his article, not least in his considered critical remarks about the tepid Israel education we provide for our youth. The call for a more sophisticated education is both timely and pressing, and one need only take a cursory glance at the outputs from many........

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