If there is anything that religious and secular Jews, liberal and conservative Jews, can agree on, it is that we live in a country that has treated Jews better than any other in which Jews have lived. This is not only true for American Jews, but for embattled Jews abroad and for the Jewish state. I am well aware of history: college quotas on Jews, the lynching of Leo Frank, Father Coughlin’s anti-Jewish hate broadcasts and other expressions of popular anti-Semitism. But our grandparents and great-grandparents and the many Jews who have moved to America more recently were not fools. They knew that, on the whole, the United States of America really was a “goldene medina,” Yiddish for “golden country.” Compared to other countries — not to a perfect ideal — America was the best place a Jew could live in peace, freedom and security.

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