Israeli population wouldn't even be in Israel with out being Jewish. Israel is the homeland of the jewish people religiously, historically and legally by the UN charter. there are many ways to approach being Jewish and the orthodox ritual is just one of them. We 21st century Jews have to appreciate that Jews and Judaism are the foundation of western civilization. Millions of us for thousands of years have died for the privilege and our contributions to this world are unparalleled.the biggest problem for us is in people like Mr, Kaniuk who obviously didn't like being Jewish, and therefore passed this negative feeling on to his daughter who married out and cut off his Jewish line ie his grandson is now a Christian. that is a danger to Jewish continuity.
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from the article: Israel court grants author's request to register 'without religion'