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    • sara
    • 16.05.06 | 14:36 (IDT)

    Yossi Beilin is most likely correct that for a Jew who is not interested in incorporating Jewish religious ritual in his or her life, living in Israel is the best way to ensure that the next generation will remain Jewish. The missing link that Beilin and many Israelis don't understand is that most Jews outside of Israel do see value in religious ritual. The varieties of Jewish spiritual expression available outside of Israel (esp in N. America) are far more vast, dynamic, and interesting than anything available in Israel. As a "non-religious" Jew married to an Israeli and living in Israel, I feel the great loss of my judaism. The judaism offered here by the religious establishment in Israel is unattractive and foreign to those who were raised with a modern, enlightenment values. This is also a problem that must be addressed -- otherwise the "Jewish future" in Israel will be a very empty one.

    from the article: First and foremost a Jew
    First published 00:00 15.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 15.05.06
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