By Ted Belman
While shopping this morning for Shabbat, I started a conversation with a young man who advised that he made aliya from France. He had visited my home town of Toronto many times and loved it. So why did he make aliya when many Jews in France opt for moving to Canada.
This was worthy of a conversation so we went for coffee.
Turns out that he has a PhD in the study of relations between Algerians and Frenchmen. He is also secular, gay, happily married and the father of two. One more thing. He is a strong Zionist who eschews nationalism. Go figure.
He advised that he had many Muslim friends who are great guys and who are not antisemetic. For this reason he is not prepared to treat Muslims differently from others even in Israel. He also mentioned that all the gays he knows and the Muslim women are all very pro Israel because they don’t want to live under Sharia law. So, I asked him about intersectionality. He acknowledged it but we didn’t delve deeper. And I thought that I was one of the few who knew what that word meant.
Needless to say, it was a very interesting conversation and it lasted for over an hour.
We pledged to meet again. My daughter, I’m sure would love to meet him with his family. My daughter also has two adopted children.