Calling It Like It Is
Yachting to the Promised LandSpot on.
This week’s local Jewish tabloid features an ad for Machane Mitgalgel. For just $3600 (not including airfaire to Israel) teens ages 14-17 will get to travel “on small yachts to Cyprus” from where they will “backtrack on the yachts to Israel the way the Ma’apillim did” This is supposed to offer them a way to “re-live history first hand” by following the path of those who came to Israel just over half a century ago. I find dressing up such luxurious indulgence as a valuable experience for building Jewish identity in poor taste.