Broken dreams

How the Jewish homeland failed in its primary mission, and broke a young woman’s heart.

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
November 19, 2010 12:19
Jessica Fishman

Jessica Fishman in IDF uniform. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Jessica Fishman says she doesn’t want to talk politics. The slender 30-yearold would rather talk about the past, about her dreams to make aliya, her service in the IDF Spokesman’s Office, her years as a student at Herzliya’s Interdisciplinary Center and as a 20-something living in Tel Aviv. She would rather talk about almost anything instead of discussing the story’s end, where dejected and defeated, she left Israel with her life hanging in tatters around her.

But for the past few months, Fishman has forced herself to do just that, to show how Israel’s current conflict between the definition of who is a Jew for the purposes of immigration and who is a Jew for the purposes of marriage ultimately led to the collapse of her Zionist dream.

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