American Jews have always needed, above all, to defend their loyalty as Americans. They must also fend off disparagement of their Jewish identity, especially when Israel is its source. But Israelis, too, have cause for concern: the United States will welcome them but its enticements will exact their price – as assimilation inevitably does.

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Jerold S. Auerbach is Professor Emeritus of History at Wellesley College. His blog is www.jacobsvoice.tumblr.com.

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