Whenever a governing body is allowed to deem the mere insistence of a group’s simple right to exist, openly and without fear, to be a question of “politics,” nobody is safe. Not even the Swedes. Not even the Swiss. To paraphrase Shirley Bassey: Your games are a sham, ’til you can say, hey world, I am what I am. And it’s a problem not even ice dancing can fix.
Without getting into it, I should note that my acceptance of Torah is much like a birthday gift from grandma. I graciously accept, but some stuff might not fit, some stuff I’ll never use or never wear, but generally appreciate the gesture and I’m grateful for new stuff.
, on Shavuot - the holiday on which Jews celebrate receiving the Torah.
Today, one can hear a rising Israeli political voice that questions the power of the Orthodox rabbinate, that doubts the wisdom of Orthodox control over personal status issues such as marriage and divorce, and that is willing to challenge the preference given to one form of Jewish practice over other denominations. But what is especially significant is that this voice is not necessarily driven by a desire for the state to be more secular, but rather by a demand that it be more inclusively and equitably Jewish.
on a change in the Israeli discourse around religion / state issues.