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    • 14.07.10 | 00:08 (IDT)

    let people discuss forever what exactly it should mean to be a jew, the meaning of halakha etc. but in the modern, secular state that the zionists (in the positive sense) instituted as a homeland for the jewish people you can't have any form of religious coercion, not to speak of coercion by one dominant religious group. that means you can't have discrimination either. at the birth of zionism, & indeed of the state, the jewish 'tree' had already grown into all kinds of directions, incl. a completely secularized one, & the idea of a modern state, based on immigration rights acc. to the law of return, can't just be hijacked by those who believe thay're entitled to exerting relig. influence - BY LEGAL MEANS - over everybody else, even if the intention is to 'preserve' the jews as a people. the idea was to make a state w/clearly hebrew /jewish character, but a modern one w/freedoms for all. that can be done in abundant measure without in any way infringing on basic rights & on equality. leave the actual religious content to God & people's own free will, not STATE PRESSURE. it will most likely turn ot better that way anyway. the state as such shouldn't in any way be involved in halakhic decisions, interpretations etc., although it will of course be supportive of the practice of judaism. it was herzl (& eventually ben gurion) who made this state, not moshe, & if you indeed do want another kind of state, you should expect God to send another one & take it over. that's all there is to this.

    from the article: Reform rabbi: Israel's pluralism threatened by new conversion law
    First published 00:55 13.07.10 | Last updated 00:55 13.07.10
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