The Radical Rabbis Who Trample on Jewish Law to 'Redeem' the Land of Israel

The conflict over JNF tree-planting in the Negev is about the police, the Bedouin and the coalition's stability. But it’s also about the abasement of halakha, Jewish religious tradition, to justify injustice

Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer

Halakha is a wondrous thing. Seriously. A legal system that evolved from the 613 commandments originally written down in ancient Hebrew in the Torah at least 2,500 years ago (nearly 3,300 years ago if you believe in Mosaic origin), which has influenced the laws and constitutions of countless nations and remains the basic code upon which millions of people lead their lives to this day.

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