It is not only the Israeli national camp that was traumatized by the Holocaust and thus views the world with apprehension. The Israeli peace camp also has a distorted view of the world due to that very same trauma.
It is best to admit now that total equality will not exist in the foreseeable future. But still, the process of integrating Haredim and Arabs into national service are goals that we should work toward.
The truly worrisome finding in [the Guttman Center's] study is not the apparent belief in God, but rather the inverse relationship demonstrated ... between this belief and the belief in democratic values: The stricter a respondent's worldview, the less he identified with democratic values.
The proper thing to do is relate the tension between Judaism and democracy as being pressure between manifestations of human dignity: dignity for the universal person, and that for the Jewish person who has the right to political sovereignty.
In the religious community itself, there should be a central moral criterion for judging words of Torah.
Instead of cottage cheese, Israelis should boycott the reality shows that cause serious socio-cultural damage.
A recently passed law allows admission committees to bar new residents who 'do not suit the lifestyle and social fabric of the community'; this legislation is not nice, but certainly not racist.
The ultra-Orthodox attitude toward converts causes serious injustice to thousands of people who want to live as Jews and raise their children that way.
It is not enough to combat anti-democratic terrorism, and it must be combated. The exploitation of democracy that feeds it must also be eliminated.
The direction of public discussion in Israel needs to be reversed - a new vision needs to be created that includes the Arab public.
The Amsellem affair has a number of aspects that have hardly been talked about.
Complaints about benefits for yeshiva students should be directed not only against those commiting the extortion, but also against those paying with money that belongs to the entire public.
Parades just reinforce the negative image of gays as people preoccupied with their sex lives and with finding sexual partners.
Israel is full of prophecies of wrath that warn us of the dangers of going against the international community. Today, too, we attack the messengers instead of heeding the message.
In the battle over segregation in schools, the issue is not Jewish religious law, but the racist social norms that characterize the entire ultra-Orthodox worldview.
The third commandment is probably the one we violate most often - both literally and in a wider, ethical sense.
As Israel catches up to the West, it will become increasingly difficult to uphold self-sacrifice as a social value.
Religious Zionists are making a broad cultural and ethical comparison that doesn't just pit politicians against rabbis, but contrasts the norms prevalent among the 'Tel Aviv elite' as a whole to those prevalent among religious Zionists.
Justice Minister's remarks about making Torah law the binding law in Israel, Rabbi Melamed calling on soldiers to disobey IDF orders, and the arson at the mosque in Yasuf are separate events, but each express the steadily increasing extremism in the national-religious camp.
The settlers as a whole, or supporters of the settler movement, are not to blame for Yaakov Teitel's murderous deeds.
If the Obama administration grasps that Israel and its Jewish and non-Jewish supporters are not in its pocket, maybe he, too, will be more sensitive to Israel's needs when pursuing his policy.
The public discourse is again dealing with the basic relativist concept, which assumes 'there is no truth' and so we should make do with the positions proposed by all sides in discussing history.
Nearly all of us have heard of the greatness of Maimonides, but the full range of his ambitions and the contributions he made to Jewish thought still boggle the mind
Amid discussion of the conflict of interest inherent in the attorney general's duties, a more critical tension point in the judicial system is often forgotton: The tension between the dual roles of the Supreme Court.
The religious public, which normally excels in social activism, volunteerism and impressive charity toward the unfortunate, has remained silent - if not downright hostile - toward large sectors of the population, and especially those that require support and nurturing.
It seems that underneath it all we are observing yet another phase of ultra-Orthodox integration into Israeli society.
It would behoove us to abide by certain accepted rules of the game to govern Israel's ideological clash.
If the settlers do not accept the offer, the justification for evacuating them will increase.