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    • amram
    • 24.10.12 | 16:11 (IST)

    Very true Mr Landau. But wouldn't it be true to say that part of the reason North American Jews are reluctance to make aliyah is precisely because they do not recognize their religious and political affinities in the Israeli political system (regardless of their religious or political tendencies)? This is not to say that they are any less Zionist. There are as many Jews in the diaspora as there are in Israel (in fact, a little more). The rate of aliyah from this part of the world has been painfully slow. Part of the reason for this is that American Jews not only feel by an large happy to live in a constitutional democracy, but feel that the separation of state and religion has in fact been the safeguard of their religious beliefs. I would even say that it is not simply a safeguard, but a very fertile field in which Judaism has florished. Even more importantly, American Jews in particular, rightfully think they have historically contributed to their society in very significant ways, and therefore feel very much a sense of shared destiny in its ideals. I'm not sure you could say Ms Anat Hoffman feels the same way. If there was a mass aliyah of American Jews (and Gd willing there will be), I wonder how the Israeli religious establishment would respond to it.?

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    First published 11:58 24.10.12 | Last updated 11:58 24.10.12
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