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    • Ezra
    • 18.12.13 | 02:59 (IST)

    Non-Orthodox Judaism isn't necessarily a disaster for Israel, but if it were institutionalized it would be. That is the point which I believe must be stressed. Israel would actually be better off with more Jews who are not connected to Judaism at all, would get more connected with Jewish heritage through Reform Conservative or any other form of Judaism. The issue becomes on a national level, every law needs standards which are kept by all. If we want a Jewish state we need to define what Jewish is. Even though most Jews in Israel are not Orthodox, it is the standard that all agree upon. A Jewish State needs to be a state for all the Jews. It needs to be one in which all Jews can feel at home. You might disagree with any of this, but if you agree then Israel must adopt a standard which all can accept, and the only one is Orthodoxy. In one's personal life one is welcome and encouraged to practice Judaism in the way they feel most comfortable. But if Israel is going to adopt a standard then that standard must be Orthodoxy.

    from the article: Why non-Orthodox Judaism is a disaster for Israel
    First published 12:43 11.12.13 | Last updated 12:43 11.12.13
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