'A family is a father, mother and children, and not two fathers and a child,' said Avi Wurtzman during his previous Knesset stint. While doing nothing to advance socioeconomic issues, he did initiate a 23 million shekel project for daily study of Torah.09:29 01.12.15 | 1 comments
Why in the world must the human rights of citizens be determined by some conversion principle? One would think that in a modern democracy a citizen has rights by virtue of his/her citizenship irrespective of religious convictions. It appears Israelis are caught in a double bind stemming from the need of the State of Israel to define itself as a "Jewish." But Jewish has two meanings: 1. national 2. religious. By making Judaism the state's religious arm, Israel simultaneously allows a religious bureaucracy to use the State as its secular arm. Consequently the meaning of "Jew" and "citizen" are fused resulting in setting the stage for discrimination against non-Jewish citizens as well as secular Jews. Not a happy situation.