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.
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