Paqid Yirmeyahu
historical, logical, archeological, scientific Tanakh Halakhah

Not separation of religion and State, separation of Haredim from State

Of the hundreds of Jews, mostly Orthodox, whom I know here in Israel, I don’t personally know any Jews who want to eliminate Shabbat, Khagim, the Moadim or any of the Judaic calendar from our national calendar in favor of Christian or Muslim replacements. Most Jews seem adamant in support of a “Jewish” – i.e., Judaic (not racistly “Jewish”) – state; but a Judaic Israel that, unlike today, embraces all of Am Yisraeil. For us, there is no issue of separation of Judaism & State. Rather, the issue is rejection of ruler-ship by a tiny min (sect) of wigged-out strictarians.

It appears to me that most Israeli Jews support a position that is better described, better defined, and would garner more popular support, as separation of Haredim from State, while retaining the basic elements of the Judaic character of Israel (which are easy to define).

Government, beyond protecting a codification of the most basic elements of our Judaic character, should – by law – stay out of religious divides within Judaism – NOT granting government hegemony to any particular expression of Judaism over another.

This would mean “Separation of Haredim from State”; not “Separation of Religion from State.”

I believe that Torah would have a much more palatable flavor to multitudes, and would grow and prosper beyond measure, if we would eliminate the attempt to force-feed extremist dogma of our present religious rulers; dogma that, in practice, is often sanctimonious, condescending, arrogant and abusive of fellow Jews, even fellow Orthodox Jews – dogma that is most certainly NOT Torah.

About the Author
Paqid Yirmᵊyahu (Ben-​David), Orthodox Jew & 16th Paqid of the Nᵊtzarim, dedicated to the historical, logical, archeological, scientific interpretations of Tanakh; B.Sc.B.A. (UF) and Master's work in computer science (artificial intelligence and knowledge based networks, UCF); former intelligence analyst (USAF); made aliya with his wife, Karen, (Law of Re­turn '85), served in the IDF (despite being age-exempt) and Israel Police Reserves, belonged to Or­thodox Yemenite syna­gogue 10 yrs in Ra'anana where they live today. In addition to the sole Netzarim website (www.netzarim.co.il), his commentaries have been published in magazines and newspapers from the Orlando Sentinel and Toronto Mensa to The Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel and Ynet. He has also authored many books available in the Netzarim website or Amazon; including: Who Are The Netzarim?, Atonement Under the Biblical 'New Covenant', The Netzarim Reconstruction of Hebrew Matityahu (NHM), The 1993 Covenant (of Daniel 9.27), Pishtah Kheihah (The Flickering-out Remnant, Yᵊshayahu 42.3) and The Mirrored Sphinxes (revealing Moses' Egyptian Pharaonic secret knowledge & symbolism for prayer and relating to the Divinity).
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