Foreign Ministry director visits United Arab Emirates' capital to finalize opening of mission, officially accredited to renewable energy agency IRENA, after years of discussions.05:57 27.11.15 | 3 comments
If a battle is being waged over the future of Judaism and in turn Israel then the ultra-orthodox are now holding the upper hand. They are the activists, the ones that influence government, who have a clear political agenda, who are seeing their dream of living in a "greater" Israel come true. Unless the apathetic secularists work to redress the balance, ultimately Israel will revert to being a non-Jewish homeland with a few pockets of the utlra-orthodox living in enclaves. Judaism must be reclaimed by those who want it to flourish as a grouping of people who share a common heritage, who want to see a Jewish homeland of which they can be justifiably proud and a religion which all are equally welcome to practice, from the ultra-orthodox to the liberal. The values that Judaism (or any relgion) should promote are humanist in nature, it is our shared ancestry, history and culture that should bind us together. If only those who keep all the mitzvot are welcomed as Jews, there is no hope.