In Australia, Religious Israelis Learn to Think for Themselves

It took spending a year in Australia for four religious-Zionist women to confront, perhaps for the first time, central questions of Jewish identity.

We like to think that we are free from the influence of intellectual fads. We think what we think because of evidence or the truth, not because of fashion. But, every now and again, I hear an argument for a view that I had always firmly rejected, and find myself saying, “Gosh, I’ve never really thought about it that way before.” That means I had rejected something forcefully, without actually having...