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    • Sherlock Holmes
    • 13.09.10 | 11:16 (IST)

    I detect a different pattern among the under-20's. The more religious groups tend to have the higher birthrates and therefore in the future the 42% who are 'secular' may actually decrease. Secular zionism began as a rejection of traditional Judaism which came to be associated with oppression in Eastern and Central Europe. Secular meaning anti-religious has evolved to secular meaning 'let me just get on with my life'. The fact that secular Jews attend shul on the High Holy Days and make a seder and light Chanukah candles suggests they are not completely secular. Three generations back 'secular' Jews had Yom Kippur banquets with mixed dancing, thank G-d a thing of the remote past!

    from the article: Poll: Fewer than half of Israelis see themselves as secular
    First published 01:05 13.09.10 | Last updated 01:05 13.09.10
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