Shouldn't Religion in Israel Attempt to 'Wear' All the Colors of the Rainbow?

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					Shouldn't Religion in Israel Attempt to 'Wear' All the Colors of the Rainbow?
Andrew Sacks
Jewish Exponent; Sep 24, 2009; 226, 27; Docstoc
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Description: Yet there's one area where harmo- ny looms only in the hearts of those who are willing to dream. The Jews of Israel are torn as to what should be the nature and place of Judaism in the Jewish state. Ought it to mirror the black of the ultra-Orthodox haredi world or reflect the colors of the rainbow, as Israelis allow themselves to realize that there is more than one way to live as a Jew?Israel is the only democratic state in the world where a significant percentage of the citizens must leave the country to marry Hundreds of thousands of immigrants came to Israel - indeed, were recruited by the Jewish Agency - under the Law of Return. This law allows a person with a single Jewish grandparent to claim citizenship. Most of these people live as Jews in every way: They attend Jewish schools, youth groups and serve in the army They live as Jews, but they are not Jewish. And since intermarriage is not sanctioned in Israel, they must fly to Cyprus or elsewhere to wed.There are very few conversions in Israel. Indeed, even most Orthodox conversions performed in the United States are no longer accepted by Israel's Chief Rabbinate. The number of non-Orthodox conversions is rising with each passing year, as Israelis learn about - even embrace - the very alternatives that Diaspora Jewry finds normative.
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