Israel is in great need of an updated Judaism - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Hal
    • 18.08.07 | 08:22 (IDT)

    Lori: "The initial greatness of [Israel] was due in large part to intellectual secular European [Jewish] leaders." I agree, but today the secular Diaspora Jewish leaders are betraying Zionism, and support a Jewish nation-state less and less. More, these secular Diaspora Jews assimilate by intermarriage at a suicidal rate. In the future, secular Jews will be irrelevant if they survive at all. I hope secular Jews and traditionalist Jews can unite to form a pluralistic, human-rights-oriented Judaism for the 21st century. The State of Israel is in great need of an updated Judaism, that can define its "Jewish character" while meeting the pragmatic needs of a 21st-century state. The updated Judaism must also help Diaspora Jews function optimally in our globalized world.

    from the article: The battle for Jerusalem
    First published 00:00 17.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 17.08.07
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