It’s articles like these “Jewish in Tel Aviv, Gentile in Ashkelon” (2/3/10, The Jewish Daily Forward) that led to the following joke I make in one of my speeches:
“In America, I am Dominican but in the Dominican Republic, I am American and in Israel, whatever I am depends on a couple of angry rabbis.”
What a life!
I heard another Orthodox Jewish woman who converted in America say of this of the situation in Israel: “I’d like to see those rabbis try to take my Judaism away from me. They would have to take it away from me while I was kicking and screaming. I would fight and I would never stop fighting.”
Now imagine if they try to take Judaism away from her children. Well, I think it’s safe to say things would get ugly, no? But then things have already gotten ugly, haven’t they?