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    • ovadia
    • 11.12.09 | 05:34 (IST)

    The Law of Return defines who is a Jew according to halacha, but extends the rights of Israeli citizenship to children and spouses of Jews (even if they are not Jewish according to Jewish law) as well as grandchildren, as long as they did not choose to practice another religion (like "Brother" Daniel did). The parameters of who is entitled to Israeli citizenship is a response to the racist Nazi Nuremberg Laws to defend against anti-Semitism. Israel is a refuge for the Jews and the descendants of Jews regardless of "halachic" status, but theocratic currents run strong in Israel, which creates complications for the Israelis who are not halachically "Jewish," and then there is the divide between religious and secular and then there is the divide between dati leumi and charedi, let alone "progressive judaism" etc. who is going to sit on the sanhedrin and what nusach will we use in the beis hamikdash? what about electricity?

    from the article: Gideon Levy / Let's face the facts, Israel is a semi-theocracy
    First published 01:19 10.12.09 | Last updated 12:47 10.12.09
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