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Jun 7, 2019, 7:24 PM
The Rabbinate’s dangerous embrace of DNA tests for Jewishness
The 'geneticization' of Judaism is not just distasteful, it's a profound deterioration in how we define peoplehood
May 14, 2019, 5:33 AM
The liberal-democratic camp will keep on losing elections
During the recent election campaign, the split between right- and left-wing, was not about the occupied territories. Rather, the focus was on an even more acute question: What kind of democracy exists in Israel, and what are its fundamental...
Mar 11, 2019, 12:38 PM
The Jewish Home has forgotten what it means to be Jewish
The merger between the Jewish Home party and Otzma LeYisrael (“Strength for Israel” – a far-right political party) marks the end of an era. Since the founding of the State of Israel, the prominent Religious-Zionist parties have played a central...
Jan 3, 2019, 3:59 PM
When the government provides religious services
Full separation of religion and state isn't possible, but why is the Chief Rabbinate in the kashrut business?
Dec 23, 2018, 2:26 PM
Anti-Zionism is a dangerous form of anti-Semitism
The Jewish state is a refuge for any Jew in need, which means that anyone standing against Israel stands against Jews
Oct 25, 2018, 3:01 PM
Rabbis, when it comes to elections, just say…nothing
In the likely event the candidate you endorsed turns out to be a crook, it's a desecration of heaven and Torah
Jul 16, 2018, 2:30 PM
Is it time to do away with Tisha B’Av?
Israel has evolved into an economic and military superpower; what must we mourn?
Jul 18, 2017, 2:55 PM
Reality check: Israel between religionization and secularization
A solid Jewish identity should be the bedrock of the State of Israel; instead, it's an ongoing bone of contention
Apr 24, 2017, 12:38 PM
Personal Holocaust, personal responsibility
I am named for my late grandfather Yehoshua Gross, who was murdered at Bergen-Belsen a month before the camp was liberated by the Allied Forces. Each year on Yom HaShoah, I ask myself, What is my mission, in that...
Aug 21, 2016, 2:00 PM
Israel’s tragedy: One country, separate school systems
Israel allows Arabs, ultra-Orthodox, Religious Zionist and secular Jews to maintain separate schools systems and ultimately the results have been tragic: it is today not uncommon for students to never meet someone who is “different” until they enter the adult world
Dr. Shuki Friedman is director of the Center for Religion, Nation and State at the Israel Democracy Institute and a lecturer in law at the Peres Academic Center.