Amazing Coincidences: Responses to "American Jewry and Israeli Demography"
In response, I received the following comment by "Chaya":
The alternative is to bring in all those who claim any kinship with the Jewish people: there are thousands of people in the southern part of the U.S. and in South America who are descended from Anusim. They have to be encouraged to come here and live.
Plus, there are thousands of others throughout the world claiming descendency from the Lost Tribes. They should be converted and their arrival should be expedited. That would solve our 'demographic' problem.
Now, let's compare Chaya's comment with a comment I received to my initial post on the subject (just over 5 months ago) from a well-meaning Jew in New York:
There are a few ways that come to my mind. Complete Aliyah of Ethiopian Jews still in Ethiopia. Complete Aliyah of Bnei Menashe in India. Complete Aliyah of Russian Jews. These two alone increase the population by several thousands, and we know they are Jews.
Yet, the biggest issue is over whether Israel is a secular state vs. a religious state. If it is secular it doesn't matter who becomes the majority. If there is some sort of religious context for us as Jews being there, then it does matter. I guess the answer lies in the hands of every Jew collectively and individually.
Two separate posts - over 5 months apart - and 2 highly original and creative, yet nearly identical responses on how best to solve Israel's demographic dilemma.
As such, I will take the liberty of re-posting my own response to the first comment on the original post (with some minor changes) as I believe it stands as an appropriate response to Chaya's most recent comments:
While these suggestions are certainly a step in the right direction, I find it to be fascinating that these commenters are in favor of bringing every type of Jew (and sort-of Jew) to Israel from every part of the world where they can be found in order to help solve Israel’s demographic dilemma... everywhere except from America, of course. (In short, the commenters came up with suggestions that could be added to this list of other creative (but flawed) ideas on how to solve Israel's demographic crisis).
Sadly, I think that this reflects the traditional attitude of American Jewry towards Israel and Zionism: Israel - we love you. We stand together with you - always. The demographic threat facing the Jewish State threatens us as well. We're willing to give money, lobby our elected officials, hold rallies, and do anything else that might help you overcome the threat... Anything except make Aliyah ourselves, that is - that's more appropriate for the Russians, Ethiopians, Bnei Menashe, Anusim, the 10 Lost Tribes...
As the commenter from NY correctly notes, if Israel is a Jewish State, then it must have a Jewish majority (among other things). The time is fast approaching (if it hasn't arrived already) where Jewish bodies will be of much greater value to the Jewish State than their American $$$. The choice will then be upon each and every American Jew to decide himself what is more important to him - his comfortable lifestyle in America, or the future of the Jewish State and ultimate destiny of the Jewish People...
Think about it - You may be called upon to answer sooner than you think...