Not even halfway through the comment, but let me comment :
WJ :”It is natural for Jews to care about fellow Jews living currently on the globe…for a New York Jew in 1905 to worry about the grandparents he left behind in Czarist Russia (for example) might be considered the simplest form of Jewish identity”
Would you tell me please how these are “jewish” values (like an example of jewish exceptionalism? chosen people? ) and not mankind values?
By the way “as New York Jew ” why the cap at Jew (same exceptionalism?)
Unlike “It is natural for palestinians to care about fellow palestinians living currently on the globe….for a Detroit palestinian in 2019 to worry about the grandmother she left behind in occupied and oppressed Palestine but can’t visit (for example).” ???
WJ : “…might be considered the simplest form of Jewish identity” : Nothing of such…
it’s simply the simplest form of mankind behavior aka gregarious behavior
excerpt : “At home in Queens, New York, we were the first of our family and among the first Bukharian Jews to settle in the US as HIAS refugees.
With our success came opportunities to receive other families fleeing as hosts.
“My childhood became a reality show, where each season, a new family would arrive and its elders and its children would share with me all of their stories. They arrived in Muslim or Jewish garb from Iran, Mongolia, China, North Africa and Eastern Europe, with the same instruments and traditions we recognised.
Please Note : “..muslim or jewish garb from…”
Instruments and traditions can be cult that’s right, but more predominantly it’s language which make people to aggregate.
Still i must grant Kudos for the zionists who succeeded in creating a new language, modern hebrew, which had been an essential component of this fabricated jewish identity in order to advance zionism projects.