The rise and fall of Zionism as a religion
Certain people in this camp, Betzalel Smotrich among them, turn to Jewish identity and use a mythic narrative to enlist support for anti-liberal ideas
It's tragic that the people who gave humanity the ultimate story of liberation control a population without allowing it equal rights.
'May you be inscribed in the Book of Life' and 'See you later' are simply formulas we say to each other at certain times, reflecting a shared culture.
The hilltop youth are taking the values they've been taught – settling across the West Bank, strict religious observance, an imperious attitude toward the Palestinians – to the extreme. In doing so, they are taking a page from European romanticism.
It's very easy to tell ourselves we're a chosen people, and therefore that we're allowed to discriminate against others.
In a new book, political theorist Michael Walzer suggests that the reason lies in these countries' founding fathers’ derision of ancient tradition. But there’s another possibility, too.
The Promised Land was divided up according to two principles. The first was based on the number of Israelites who left Egypt in the Exodus. The second is based on the number of Israelites about to enter the land.
Both internationally and in Israel itself the distinction between the state’s Jewish character and its democratic regime is growing more acute.
Zionism is one of the success stories of the 20th century, but it has not properly addressed its religious core – specifically the Temple Mount, which can no longer be ignored.