Israel: The Imperfect Perfect

As a Jew, I was raised to believe that Israel was flawless — at least for the Jews. Yes, it’s true, Israel is our homeland and will always be. Israel: the Land of Milk and Honey has never done any wrongs, right? WRONG. In the most beautiful and confusing country in the Middle East, you will not find perfection. What you will find, however, is a people with very specific groups within the people — Orthodox Jews, secular Jews, Jew-hating arabs and also Jew-loving arabs.

It’s time to put on a new lens on your Israel-viewing camera. An extremely wide lens.

There are people who want peace and those who don’t think about it. There are people that accept African immigrants, and those who want them out of their land.

In order to be legally married in Israel both the man and the woman must be Jewish by Jewish law. All marriages and divorces must be performed by an Orthodox rabbi, therefore, by the law of the nation, homosexual couples cannot be legally wed.

Jewish people around the world, open your eyes. Israel isn’t what we always thought it was. Accept her for what she truly is: an imperfect society.

Just like any country there is racism, sexism, homophobia and prejudice. There is a major social divide in Israel that has been pushed so far into our minds that we don’t believe it; or maybe we just don’t want to believe it.

The Tel Aviv beaches, the Old City of Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Eilat: it’s a known fact that Israel is a beautiful place full of history.

Love Israel for her beauties but don’t forget her flaws. Just like anything, she has flaws. Nothing is perfect. Our homeland is still an amazing place and will continue to thrive as an amazing place, but some things must change and we as a people all around the world must accept that and strive for that change.

Welcome to Israel, the Land of Milk and Honey. Don’t be naive, it’s not perfect.

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About the Author
Bryan Spiegelman is from Miami, Florida. He is a proud Jew and he has been involved in the youth movement Young Judaea for twelve years of his life. He was raised in a family that luckily was able to go to Israel on vacation, twice. Bryan is now living in Israel for nine months on Young Judaea's Year Course, experiencing the real Israel life.