Weizmann's answer was to ask why the commissioner drove 50 kilometers to the country to see his mother last week when there were so many other lovely old ladies on his block.
One of the challenges of American Jewry is to overcome the distance imposed by geography; that is why visiting Israel is such a powerful tool of attachment. For as American Jews who have feet n both worlds, we need Israel for the nourishment of our own souls and the viability of our own community.
Still it remains the symbols of Jewish history that are most captivating.
When I ask first time visitors to Israel what they remember, most say the Western Wall.
Those of us who live in the diaspora have an obligation to defend Israel in whatever way we can. It is the 'tax' for not living there, so to speak. For every Jew who take her or his tradition seriously, Israel remains close to our hearts, and whatever our political leanings, we owe it our fidelity and frequent presence and our love.