Mr. Shachar, I have no quarrel with Secularism, as such, but when you trash Haredim because they don't agree with you, well. Then I read the first three paragraphs. At least three of the Secular Jewish concepts that were touted to renew the national culture are dead. The Kibbutz, well, most of them are privatized. The concept of the Jewish bookshelf that Bialik promoted is somewhere in the back of the list of national priorities, and, even the Bible, which B-G tried to place as the one important document that brought us here, and it did, has become one the subjects most high school students avoid. There are more, but there isn't enough space in the talkback. The Old Yishuv did not disappear--they are called Haredim. They love the Land of Israel and unless you get a heter from your rabbi, you must remain. Second generation secular Israelis don't ask, they just go. Olmert's kids, Abba Even's son, even Rabin's son lived in North Carolina for a while. I rest my case.
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