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American Jews and Israelis: brothers from different mothers

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 13, 2008 | 2:40 pm

Kvetching in PresenTense about being a “single, twenty-something Jewish coquette” expected to marry a nice Jewish boy, my friend Rachel Axelbank explains why she finds herself much more attracted to Israelis. As a point of reference, she mentions the guards who issued our security clearance before we met last summer with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert—they apparently shot her glances that I, fortunately, didn’t receive—and quotes Jon Stewart on the differences between our Jews and theirs:

“You have American Jews, who are the ‘let me help you with your tax return’ Jews,” he said. “And you have Israeli Jews, who are the ‘hold my machine gun while I take a leak’ Jews.”

Anyone want to argue with that wisdom?

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