Imagining an Israel free from the grip of Orthodoxy
Israel has no official religion, but for decades has been dominated by Orthodox Judaism and rabbis. What would the country look like if progressive Jews had staked their claim sooner?
Constitutionally, the Jewish state has no official religion, let alone an accepted brand of Judaism. The founding fathers even refused any mention of God in Israel’s Declaration of Independence, preferring instead the cryptic “Rock of Israel.” While Israel could have claimed to be a secular Jewish state for the first three decades of its existence, since Menachem Begin’s Likud...
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