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(Israel) Critique of Religion (Eva Illouz)

The formula Jewish + Democratric is a brute contradiction only if one reduces “Jewish” to religious and “religious” to Haredi and ethno-religious orthodoxy. In this piece here at Haaretz, sociologist Eva Illouz understands that “critique of religion” the way out … Continue reading

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(Secular Israelis) Wait Here With The Donkey (Joseph Soloveitchik)

Here are jarring remarks by Joseph Soloveitchik about orthodox Judaism and religious Zionism regarding secular Jews. I am re-reading them after the November 2022 election as the main political representatives of orthodox Judaism dominating the new coalition declare war on … Continue reading

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(Critique of Violence) Judaism & Zionism

Israel has always been a laboratory for political theory and Jewish Studies; always also, and especially now, a laboratory for the study of Judaism in relation to the politics of extreme ethno-national religion and political violence. The elections of November … Continue reading

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Regime Change in Israel (Jewish Religion Identity State)

Illiberal democracy rests on bare majoritarian rule without checks and balances. In contrast, liberal democracy conjoins the general will of citizens with rule of law and the principle of judicial and legal autonomy and separation of powers, including limits on … Continue reading

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American Rabbis Draw A Red Line (Political Racism & Uncivil Religion in Israel)

As reported here, over 300 American rabbis have signed on to this statement calling to boycott members of the incoming government of Israel. One can argue about the statement itself; if it goes far enough in this way or that, … Continue reading

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(You Are Not A Jew) Samson Raphael Hirsch (Modern Orthodox Kulturkampf)

In order to become a Jew… you must observe the commands of your God. By faith you become a man, by the Law you become a Jew, (“Jerusalem”, pp. 256, 261, 264); and indeed he has never seriously looked into … Continue reading

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(Necropolis) Haredi Political Wish List (Omnipotence of Thought)

The United Torah Judaism party in Israel issued a new set of demands prior to the formation of the next government under Benjamin Netanyahu. The demands entail a combination of more Haredi influence and control in the public sphere, special … Continue reading

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Red Line (American Jews Boycotting Ethno-Theocratic Government of Israel)

It’s an interesting experience watching in real time the emergence of a vast inflection. Liberal and progressive American Jewish normative redlines against theocratic fascism in Israel. These are lines reported here and here regarding mainstream liberal rabbis, community leaders, and … Continue reading

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(Israel) Deputy Minister of “Jewish National Identity” (Theocratic and Anti-Jewish)

More on religion and state and the state of orthodox Judaism in Israel. From the religious Zionist Noam party, homophobe and misogynist Avi Maoz will be appointed deputy minister in the Office of the Prime Minister promoting “National-Jewish identity.” Under … Continue reading

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Rightwing Religious Threats to Democracy in Israel (Leena Dallasheh and Dana Golan)

For anyone interested, I am posting an overview of the ultra rightwing-religious government that Benjamin Netanyahu is now in the process of cobbling together. Shaul Magid sent me a 15 page document by Drs. Leena Dallasheh and Dana Golan at … Continue reading

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