I was especially intrigued by the paragraphs about the Karma Kosher Trail:
What began in 1994 as the great post-military escape to India has turned into a new-age Diaspora of young and embittered men and women looking to flee what they say is their country’s armed turmoil with the Palestinians and the spiritual emptiness of Judaism.
Many of the revelers on the sands of Anjuna Beach and elsewhere along what’s known as the Karma Kosher Trail say they have no intention of returning to Israel, despite the efforts of four local rabbis and a $200,000 joint government-private sector campaign funded by Israeli banking and telecommunications magnate Nochi Dankner, a devotee of the Dalai Lama and chairman of IDB Holding Corp.
Shlomo Breznitz, a director of the campaign and founder of the India-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group in Israel, says the exodus is worrisome and potentially tragic. “Karma kosher is much more of a widespread phenomenon than Israelis want to admit,” says Breznitz, 71, a retired member of the Israeli parliament and former president and provost of Haifa University.
I had heard in the past that Israelis were the main inheritors of the Goa Trance scene and that it was especially popular among Israeli soldiers. I also mentioned that to a friend who insisted that that was impossible. But, somehow, it made perfect sense to me… Only thing is, Goa Trance is kind of limited and has long outlasted its shelf life (as far as I’m concerned – and I used to like it sometime ago). But I imagine that they have found plenty of other music in Goa by now…
Reading the article further, I noticed that some rabbi and some other fanatics are panicked over this trend and want to stop it. Personally, I think it sounds like a very interesting phenomenon, and I hope it continues – though I also am concerned about these kids encountering some violence sometime in the future, from religious bigots of several different persuasions. Here’s hoping that they manage to keep as safe as possible and that none of them ever get tempted or persuaded to return to the Israeli army.