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    • 16.12.12 | 15:39 (IST)

    Israeli officials are trying to bridge the divide, and they have done so by giving limited state funding to non-orthodox Jewish groups unfortunately, this is not nearly enough. On the other side, organized American jewry communicates in terms of equality for reform, conservative etc, a strategy that is unworkable vis-a-vis an Israeli public that is of the mindset of "if you do it, do it right." The American Jewish establishment must find equality in the state of Israel through the language of secularism, a language which was present in most of Israel's founding fathers-Moses Hess, Leo Pinsker, Ahad Haam (he did not want a hegemonic orthodoxy), Theodor Herzl and Jabotinsky. Also, in regards to democratic precedents being hindered by the rigidity of the Orthodoxy, I both agree and disagree. If we look to the original sin, the Harari decision and the non-adoption of the Kohn constitution we cannot fully blame the Orthodox. According to Kohn himself, it was Ben Gurion, Mapai and the ideology of statism that was ultimately responsible. That statism was scaffolding to hold up a newly born and weak state, it was scaffolding that was meant to be taken down!

    from the article: Rabbi Cherlow's amazing journey outside the Israeli Orthodox ghetto
    First published 09:30 16.12.12 | Last updated 09:30 16.12.12
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