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“Most of them go to Cyprus, which has a booming industry for Israeli marriages. There, they get married by an archbishop under a giant cross. And that wedding, ironically, is the one recognized by the state.” In the case of the three couples married on Sunday, it will be their civil marriages — they went to City Hall — that will be recognized by Israel. Since the founding of Israel in 1948, the Jews of the diaspora have regarded it as the fulfillment of a 2,000-year-old dream. To our grandparents’ and our parents’ generations, Israel was the improbable David, facing dangers entirely foreign to American Jews. Understandably, diaspora Jews, especially those Americans lucky to live in the wealthiest and most powerful Jewish community in history, felt their obligation was to support this pioneering enterprise in any way they could — spiritually, politically and financially. Elizabetha Komkov and Valentine Boldovskiy. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times But increasingly, liberal Jews, especially younger ones, feel they are being asked to choose between their commitment to progressive values and their commitment to Israel. Largely that’s because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the occupation. But Israel’s disregard for the religious liberty of Jews doesn’t ease the tension.
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