Wonderfully written, Phil. I wonder about your, "When I was younger, I would say they are doing what Jews do, questioning authority. Now I say, They are doing what smart young people do."
True yes, but I've wondered for a time about whether the prophetic tradition in Jewish texts, which in this context includes Jesus," was the spark that later became free political speech, the First Amendment, Mill's 'On Liberty', Marx, Emma Goldman, Saul Alinsky, and what nowadays is the injunction to, "speak truth to power." Perhaps there's a sense in which those "smart young people" are "... doing what Jews do."